Wilmington, DE — Several big tech companies were named among a list of people and companies released by the Biden Inaugural Committee as having donated $200 or more.
High profile companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Verizon were among the list of donors. Other companies included in the list were Boeing Co, Comcast Corp, and Charter Communications, in addition to notable people such as Barbra Streisand, Bloomberg reported.
The release of the list comes amidst a week in which big tech companies such as Google, Twitter, Apple, and Facebook took measures to censor and ban President Donald Trump, in addition to clamping down on Parler because they refused to moderate free speech.
Google, Microsoft, Verizon on Biden Inauguration Committee donor list https://t.co/Fok7nr9mVw
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 10, 2021
Following the violent attack at the Capitol on Wednesday in which five people lost their lives including; U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, and an Air Force Veteran and Trump supporter, Ashli Babbit, many big tech companies including Twitter and Facebook banned the President “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Following the ban of the President and a purge of conservative Twitter accounts, many sought out Parler, the free speech alternative to Twitter. As users fled Twitter for Parler, the app skyrocketed to number one in the app store prior to being removed.
After Apple issued an ultimatum to Parler to moderate free speech on their app, Apple issued a statement that they would be removing the app from its app store. In a statement tweeted out by CNN reporter Brian Fung, Apple explained that “Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content.”
Apple has banned Parler from the iOS App Store for hosting "threats of violence and illegal activity.”
Here’s the message Apple sent to Parler explaining the decision, which Apple has provided: pic.twitter.com/YpCQ6u0nt8
— Brian Fung (@b_fung) January 10, 2021
The decision from Apple came following Google’s decision to pull Parler from its Play Store. Like Apple, Google has removed the app until they implement more robust measures in moderating content on their site.
The recent crackdown of censorship from big tech companies has left many conservatives fearing that under the incoming Biden administration, many of their rights may be suppressed even further.
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