by Damjan Tutarkov
In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot, the free speech-oriented social network Parler endured the brunt of the blame for allowing some of those involved in the violence to organize on the platform.
Recent research by George Washington University, however, shows that Parler’s role was dwarfed by Big Tech platforms.
In the days following the Capitol violence, Google and Apple removed Parler from their stores, and shortly after the platform was taken down from Amazon Web Services, temporarily killing the entire platform.
Apple, Google, and Amazon all cited Parler’s alleged failure to take proper steps to prevent hateful and inflammatory content from spreading on the platform in the days leading up to the attack.