Apple joins other tech giants in banning Parler

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Google, Apple and Amazon exercise their rights as private companies to refuse to do business with Parler.
Google, Apple and Amazon exercise their rights as private companies to refuse to do business with Parler.
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Apple followed though on its warning to remove Parler from the App Store this weekend. Google already banned the social-networking app from the Android software store, and Amazon is cutting off Parler’s cloud-hosting service.

The bans follow accusations that rioters used Parler to plan the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

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Alex Jones' media empire is falling, but his followers can still get their fix from iOS and Android apps.
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Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what’s left of his voice on social media.

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms.

Electronic Frontier Foundation slams tech companies for banning neo-Nazis

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The EFF are big proponents of online free speech.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized tech companies that took action against white supremacist groups in the wake of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Quick to take a stand against hate groups, tech companies removed some neo-Nazi groups’ access to web servers and online services. But the EFF issued a statement reminding them of the slippery slope of censorship.

Spain’s strict protest laws can’t stop marchers made of light

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New laws in Spain would criminalize certain forms of protest so human rights groups rallied in holographic form. Photo: Ukraine Today/YouTube
New laws in Spain would criminalize certain forms of protest so human rights groups rallied in holographic form. Photo: Ukraine Today/YouTube

Spain’s government has passed a series of laws that criminalize some forms of protest. But authorities may find it challenging to arrest holograms.

The group No Somos Delito, or We Are Not Crime, fired back at the government Friday using irony and digital technology with a projected hologram rally in front of Spain’s parliament.

Human rights groups were outraged when the conservative government passed laws in December that were seen as silencing protests over Spain’s austerity programs.