Parler was banned from Apple's App Store and kicked off its web hosting platform for failure to police violent content in connection with the Capitol Hill riots on Jan. 6, but Facebook was "far and away the most cited social media site in charging documents the Justice Department filed against members of the Capitol Hill mob," according to Forbes.
Weeks after Parler was booted out of Apple's App Store and finally off of its own web host, Amazon Web Services (AWS), emerging data reveals a glaring double standard in big tech censorship.
Forbes writer Thomas Brewster reports that Forbes analyzed data from the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University, which has collated a list of more than 200 charging documents filed in relation to the siege.
"In total, the charging documents refer to 223 individuals in the Capitol Hill riot investigation. Of those documents, 73 reference Facebook," writes Brewster, adding, "That’s far more references than other social networks. YouTube was the second most-referenced on 24. Instagram, a Facebook-owned company, was next on 20. Parler, the app that pledged protection for free speech rights and garnered a large far-right userbase, was mentioned in just eight."
In other words, Facebook was used to coordinate the Capitol Hill riot in over nine times more instances than Parler.
"The references are a mix of public posts and private messages sent on each platform, discussing plans to go to the Stop the Steal march, some containing threats of violence, as well as images, videos and livestreams from the breach of the Capitol building," notes Brewster.
The Forbes article continues:
A Facebook spokesperson told Forbes the company was providing data to law enforcement on those present at the riot and was removing accounts of those who were involved in the storming of the Capitol. The spokesperson also noted that prior to the mob attack, as of November 30, Facebook had removed about 3,200 Pages, 18,800 groups, 100 events, 23,300 Facebook profiles and 7,400 Instagram accounts for violating its policy against militarized social movements. The policy was launched in August.
“We are continuing our ongoing, proactive outreach to law enforcement and have worked to quickly provide responses to valid legal requests. We are removing content, disabling accounts and working with law enforcement to protect against direct threats to public safety."
As Forbes reported in January, Facebook has been preserving rioters’ data, including their private messages, so that it can be handed to law enforcement when they make a legal request. Facebook isn’t alone in helping law enforcement in gathering information on suspects. Other platforms and technology companies, from Apple and Google to Parler, have been furnishing the feds with data on users who were at the riots.
If Parler was kicked out of the App Store and off its web-hosting provider for accommodating only eight posts implicated in the Capitol siege, what is the penalty for Facebook who accommodated 73? What about YouTube's (a Google-owned company) 24, or Instagram's (a Facebook-owned company) 20?
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