Parler admits to informing FBI about violent content

Parler, the social media outlet that markets itself on the promise of wide open expression, informed Congress that it has warned the FBI about violent content on its platform. It said it removed incitement and threats of violence before the January 6 assault on the Capitol. Many users were furious with the admission. (Ars Technica, March 29, 2021, by Kate Cox)

Parler responded to its critics by reminding them that the First Amendment does not protect speech that incites violence. One of the posts Parler referred to the FBI said that armed individuals would be attending the January 6 event carrying concealed weapons and that “real chaos” would result if Congress “does the wrong thing.” (Newsweek, March 28, 2021, by Jason Lemon)

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