Free market advocates repeatedly told conservatives the solution to Big Tech censorship was building their own platform. Now Google has removed a free speech platform from its store, blocking millions from accessing the app.
“Google has suspended Parler from the Play Store, according to a statement given to Politico reporter Cristiano Lima. New York Times reporter Jack Nicas corroborated Google’s suspension of the app.” The Verge reported Jan. 8. Buzzfeed had reported earlier that Apple had given the free speech app Parler an “ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.”
Popular conservative podcast and YouTube host Dan Bongino partnered with Parler and took an ownership stake in Parler. Recently, he also bid a scorching farewell to Twitter:
“This will be my final post on this anti-American platform. The greatest threats to liberty are the destructive tech tyrants who have acted as publishers in their ongoing wars on conservatives & free speech.
“You can find me on Parler, where we respect free speech. I’m “dbongino.”
“Fox News contributor Dan Bongino, who said he received a 12-hour suspension from Twitter on Thursday, told TheWrap he won’t be returning to the platform where he has 2.8 million followers,” The Wrap recounted. “I’ll make my last post, my one final ‘F— you’ to Twitter — and you can print that, by the way — tomorrow,” he told TheWrap Thursday.
Bongino declared on the June 16 episode of The Dan Bongino Show that this platform is “the social media alternative to the tech tyrants which have declared war against conservatism, liberty, and everything we stand for.” He heavily cited founder and President of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell’s opinion piece at Fox News, which declared that the “fate of democracy” will be decided by how conservatives fight for free speech online.