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The Big news of the day, Amazon booting a new social media platform off of AWS

Hello Folks,

I placed a call to someone today to catch up with them, and they happened to tell me about an app that was removed off of the Internet by Amazon. Sure enough, I found an article by Cyberscoop about it, and that article is entitled Amazon boots Parler from web hosting service over violent content which was quite interesting.

We know that Social Media has tried to play sensor and delete things that could be questionable. The problem with this is that in the United States, we have the first amendment of what is called Free Speech.

We also know that Donald Trump has been kicked off of both Facebook and Twitter, although from what I heard, he urged people to be civil, and from what I was told today, he was outraged about the violence that took place last Wednesday.

The article in question starts:

Parler, a social media platform favored by pro-Trump groups, was completely offline Monday morning after Amazon knocked the company from its web hosting
services overnight.

Federal law enforcement have continued to make arrests after the January 6th attack on the Capital according to the article. It continues:

Posts on the social media platform were part of the long trail of digital
evidence available to investigators. The mob included white supremacists and proponents of the QAnon conspiracy movement.

Here is an article from the NY Times that talk about the arrests if anyone wants to take a look at that, as it is outside of the technology blog and security aspect of the blog.

The publication Buzzfeed first reported the news that came straight from AWS itself, feel free to read the news if you;’re interested. The ban went in to effect just before 3 am eastern time according to the article.

They link to the Washington Post for this aspect of the story.

I completely understand the problem we have here. You’re trying to get rid of hate speech which could encourage violence, and that is probably a good thing. People may say something that may not necessarily be hateful, but people at these companies could suspend you just for posting something they consider hateful or violent. That, I don’t think is fair.

Also, according to the article, we learn that Donald Trump has been permanently banned by Twitter, following Facebook and their move to do so last week.

Last night, I ended up reading a couple of articles that had to do with Q-Anon, and I wasn’t really going to talk about one until I saw the other. Since this is in regards to a social network being shut down, I’ll say that these guys can probably go elsewhere to do their talking, and there isn’t anything we can really do about it.

One article by Krebs is entitled Hamas May Be Threat to 8chan, QAnon Online and I found it interesting. The first paragraph says:

In October 2020, KrebsOnSecurity looked at how a web of sites connected to conspiracy theory movements QAnon and 8chan were being kept online by DDoS-Guard,
a dodgy Russian firm that also hosts the official site for the terrorist group Hamas. New research shows DDoS-Guard relies on data centers provided by
a U.S.-based publicly traded company, which experts say could be exposed to civil and criminal liabilities as a result of DDoS-Guard’s business with Hamas.

All I’m going to say about the app, and the dealings with these other companies in this article is this: if there are terms of service violations which are apparent, then kick them off the Internet. If not, there is no need to do anything, because we should have the right to have free speech and say so about whatever is on our mind. Unless the government says otherwise, the U.S. has a constitution and so do other places saying we can write, think, do, and speak whatever we want unless we’re threatening people or causing harm.

Just because one says they’re going to “do something” doesn’t mean they will. Sure, there are groups organizing to “do a lot of various things” but is it your jonb to try and kick them off because they were doing something civilly?

Brian links to last year’s article and says that it

examined how a phone call to Oregon-based CNServers was all it took to briefly sideline multiple websites related to 8chan/8kun — a controversial online
image board linked to several mass shootings — and QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory which holds that a cabal of Satanic pedophiles is running a global
child sex-trafficking ring and plotting against President Donald Trump.

We know that sex trafficing is a global problem, and I could see someone making a phone call to get that taken off line so nobody gets hurt. I support that. But why take a social media platform offline just because people are organizing? Am I missing something?

The second article in this series All Aboard the Pequod! goes in to more detail on these groups. If you kick them off one place, they’ll go to another place, so it isn’t a big deal since they’re going to continue to organize and cause problems. Maybe the publicity is what they want.

That’s all i have to write right now, but this is a good way to tie all of these articles in to one blog post for today. This is only going to get more interesting as time goes on.


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The Big news of the day, Amazon booting a new social media platform off of AWS was released on January 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm by tech in article commentary.
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