The social media site “Parler” could face FBI investigation after House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y, labeling Parler as a “potential facilitator” in planning the Capitol Riots on January 6th.
Maloney claimed that Parler was “a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States,” and the site’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeffrey Wernick, potentially has ties to Russia.
While the Russia angle may be a legitimate lead (I say legitimate with a hint of sarcasm), the fact that Maloney is labeling Parler as a major source of inciting violence is preposterous.
After Twitter and Facebook started heavily censoring conservative voices on their accounts, 4.5 million people signed up for Parler accounts.
However, in December of 2020, CNN downplayed the app’s legitimacy, saying that it was an upstart program that does not “have the vast resources of behemoths like Facebook (FB),” and that it “can’t handle an influx of traffic without problems and they lack the functionality that mainstream networks have built up over the year.”
So how did Parler, in the span of less than one month, go from an illegitimate social media competitor to a major player in inciting violence in D.C.? That does not seem to add up.
But then again, not much the Left does these days does.
This is simply an attempt to delegitimize a social media software that could break up Twitter and Facebook’s dominance in the social media world. Big Tech wants complete control over the flow of information on the internet, and they will do whatever it takes to do that.
As we saw with the last administration, the ever-reliable “Russian collusion” card will immediately hamper anyone or anything’s reputation. Parler will now have an asterisk after its name due to a baseless claim from power-hungry executives who want to keep the flow of information to themselves.
And that is a terrible thing.