We all know which side of the political fence controls most media and the stories about Parler and Gab are being reported in exactly they type of way that you would expect depending on who the outlet is that is telling the story.
While there is no doubt that Parler is a more attractive forum for those with conservative political viewpoints the left's constant media take on it being a "haven for alt-right groups or antisemitism" is not telling the full story. Parler, by their own admission allows freedom of speech and only censors illegal activities such as child pornography, drugs and weapons sales, and direct calls to violence. These sorts of things are illegal in a general sense so it is understandable why they would have this viewpoint. However, Parler does not exclude anyone from participation unless they break these rules and therefore, from what limited exposure I have had to it (I can't stay Twitter-type things) this leftist narrative that Parler is just for right-wing nutjobs is completely false.
Now I want everyone to understand that while I do feature a few usual suspect names on here that the reporting on this app is going exactly the way that the overall narrative of whatever news outlet you can think of would go for just about anything else. For example, CNN and The Washington post (among many many others) call Parler a right-wing extremist platform that incites hate and is solely responsible for the violence at the Capitol (the last part is my words but you get the picture) and Fox, Breitbart, and OANN call the removal of Parler a massive infringement on free speech and akin to Kristallnacht, which is a ridiculous comparison since the actual Kristallnacht involved torching synagogues, vandalizing homes, and killing Jews- not just taking away an app they liked.
Let me summarize the coverage for you and save you some time
If your news source of choice is leftist or liberal: Parler-Baaaad, shutting it down was a good thing!
If your news source of choice is right-leaning or conservative: Shutting down Parler is an attack on free speech and is illegal!
Shutting down Parler by an obvious joint effort by left-dominated Silicon Valley tech giants is obviously exactly what happened. It is no coincidence that these things happened all at the same time but proving it in court is a different thing altogether.
It also is no coincidence that Twitter's stock dropped 12% resulting in an estimated loss of $5 billion. This media report was actually objective, and was nice to see. The various news outlets couldn't spin this because this abrupt drop in stock value was quite clearly a result of the near 90 million DJT followers who were upset that he was permanently banned and there is going to be a very real loss in revenue opportunities for Twitter when tens of millions of people suddenly leave their platform.
Their reasons for permanently banning him are retarded and not based in reality but to be honest with you I don't care. I am glad they banned him so we can get some competition for these apps that are run by arrogant a-holes and having alternatives for products is a good thing - it encourages innovation and gives people even more ways to completely waste their time arguing with strangers on the internet.
The same thing that happened to Parler is now happening to Gab, which is just a FB clone and since I don't use FB, I am not going to use Gab either, but there are a lot of people that are going to do so and once again, this is a GOOD THING. A few companies dominating the market, even though I think that said market is a stupid waste of time, is not something that I like to see happen. Competition and free markets will eventually sort this out. Parler will experience some difficulty in returning, and people are going to have to learn how to install apps without the assistance of Google's Play Store. God forbid people actually learn how to do something that involves more than a single click, right?
THe real winners at the end of all of this are going to be Parler and Gab because there is a massive amount of interest in their various services that without these strange yet at least for now, completely legal moves on the part of Twitter and Facebook, most people wouldn't even know what TF either of these apps are.
Once they are back up and running people will start to diversify a bit and in my mind, this is a very good thing. Competition only makes the marketplace better in almost all instances so this is not dumb.
Until that time though, all the news media that you see about these two things is going to fall directly into the ever growing pile of...