Op-Eds • January 18, 2021

Big Tech’s Parler trick — Pretend content moderation matters

A failure to moderate content.

For this purported reason, big tech’s Big Three — Amazon, Apple and Google — systematically scrubbed the social media app, Parler, from the face of the internet.

Amazon said Parler was “unwilling or unable” to properly filter content from its website that Amazon deemed dangerous, so the tech giant wiped Parler from AWS cloud servers. Google explained that it stripped Parler from the Play Store because the upstart app failed to “implement robust moderation for egregious content.”

Apple, in a moment of apparent decency, warned Parler on Jan. 8 that it needed to provide content moderation guidelines, only to yank the rug out from underneath Parler by the next day. Apple in its statement about Parler’s unceremonious boot from the App Store, Apple said, “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”