House Republicans say FBI investigation of Parler should include Facebook and Twitter

Senior House Republicans said Monday that any FBI investigation into social media app Parler for its role in the Capitol attack earlier this month should include Facebook and Twitter.

The Republicans said House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s recent request for the FBI to investigate Parler was proof of a “growing alliance between Big Tech and Democrats.”

“Casting blame on a single social media company known for its conservative username while simply ignoring other social media companies known for sympathizing with liberal causes is blatantly and overtly partisan,” top House Oversight Committee Republican James Comer of Kentucky and Greg Steube of Florida wrote in a letter to Maloney Monday after she asked the FBI last week for a “robust” investigation into Parler for its alleged “planning and incitement” pertaining to the riot.

“Moreover, your letter is additional evidence of the growing alliance between Big Tech and Democrats to muzzle certain viewpoints, opinions, and perspectives,” the Republicans said.

They said that other social media platforms besides Parler “were also facilitators of the January 6 riot.”

Many prominent conservatives have said recently that Big Tech companies, pressured by liberals, are using the Capitol insurrection to justify the unfair censorship of Republicans and the removal of platforms popular with conservatives, such as Parler.

Liberals have also criticized Facebook for not taking responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite significant evidence of violence being incited on Facebook in the days before the attack.

One of the top trends on Twitter earlier this month was “Hang Mike Pence,” with over 14,000 such tweets.

Parler is currently battling Big Tech companies, such as Apple, Google, and Amazon, that have brought the platform to a standstill for allegedly failing to identify and remove violent content on its platform. Parler itself claims the actions taken by Big Tech gatekeepers against them are unfair, anti-competitive, and politically motivated because the tech giants have not taken action against Twitter or Facebook for similar violent content on their platforms… Via – The Washington Examiner

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