Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., known as for a racketeering investigation on Sunday following Amazon, Apple and Google’s selections to suspend the choice social media platform Parler after Wednesday’s U.S. Capitol riot.
During an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes mentioned Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of Parler is “clearly a violation'” of antitrust, civil rights and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, which is a federal regulation that gives for prolonged prison penalties and a civil explanation for motion for acts carried out as a part of an ongoing prison group.
Nunes argued that “there should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company, but on all of those like us.
“I have 3 million followers on Parler,” he added. “Tonight I’ll not find a way to speak with these folks and so they’re Americans.”
The DOJ and the FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Nunes made the comments on Sunday hours before Amazon was reportedly planning to suspend Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit in a move that takes the site offline, unless it finds another hosting service.
Amazon says the move was made for violating AWS’s terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, reported by Reuters.
AWS was planning to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, at 11:59 p.m. PST, according to the email. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the letter was authentic.
Amazon Web Services’ acceptable-use policy bars customers from using its services for “unlawful, dangerous or offensive” content. An Amazon representative declined to comment.
Parler is facing criticism over Wednesday’s riot, which saw supporters of President Trump storm into the U.S. Capitol, attack police, vandalize the building and steal items from inside.
Screenshots taken from Parler and shared on other social media platforms appear to show Parler users openly discussing plans for violence at the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, including bringing weapons and imagining how they would wield them against their political opponents.
Google and Apple have already suspended the Parler app from their respective app marketplaces, with a requirement that the platform enhance its moderation.
“We’re conscious of continued posting within the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence within the U.S.,” a Google spokesperson told Fox News.
“Parler has not taken satisfactory measures to handle the proliferation of those threats to folks’s security,” Apple told Fox News.
“The impact of that is that there isn’t a longer a free and open social media firm or website for any American to get on any longer,” Nunes said on Sunday.
He went on to say that Apple, Amazon and Google “simply destroyed” Parler.
“Republicans haven’t any method to speak,” Nunes said, adding that “it doesn’t even matter in the event you’re Republican or conservative.”
He stressed that there is no social media platform left for those who “don’t need to be regulated by left-wingers which might be at Twitter and Facebook and Instagram, the place you get shadow banned, no one will get to see you, they get to resolve what’s violent and never violent.”
“It’s preposterous,” Nunes stressed.
Amazon, Apple and Google’s suspension of Parler comes after Twitter’s Friday decision to ban President Trump’s personal account after the mob of his loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol, resulting in several deaths. The tech company accused Trump of inciting the violence.
In a statement on Thursday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the block placed on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be extended “indefinitely,” saying “we consider the dangers of permitting the President to proceed to make use of our service throughout this era are just too nice.”
Facebook owns the Instagram platform.
Bartiromo said on Sunday that “all of those strikes definitely really feel like Communist China, the place there’s this crackdown on free speech.”
She then asked Nunes what he plans to do about it as an elected official.
In response, Nunes noted that the “hypocrisy” of Big Tech suspending Trump and Parler “is aware of no bounds.”
He pointed to “Hang Mike Pence” trending on Twitter on Friday night, with about 14,000 tweets after the social media platform banned Trump “because of the threat of additional incitement of violence,” according to reports.
“I feel that’s violence,” Nunes said on Sunday, referring to Pence trending on Twitter. “Is Apple deleting the Twitter app from the app retailer? Hell no.
“These CEOs that are doing this should be prosecuted criminally,” Nunes added.
“I’ve been talking to many of my colleagues, Republicans on the House side and a couple senators,” he continued. “We’re going to look for legal options, do we have any legal options? Do we have our First Amendment rights? Are they being violated?”
He went on to say that he believes “federal judges have got to step in.”
“Legislatively, it’s a must to perceive, this isn’t about Big Tech and that they’re simply in Silicon Valley and so they’re simply attempting to earn a living, no they’re working for the Democratic socialist social gathering,” Nunes mentioned. “They’re being cheered on by this. They are state-run media and really it’s the communication system.
“That’s how persons are receiving their data is thru this funnel of only a few corporations which might be being managed by the Democrat socialist social gathering,” Nunes added.
Twitter appeared to notice the “Hang Mike Pence” trend at some point: on the Twitter Trending USA site, which tracks the past 12 hours of the top 10 trending topics, the item does not appear.
“”We blocked the phrase and different variations of it from trending,” a Twitter spokesperson told Fox News on Saturday. “We need traits to advertise wholesome discussions on Twitter.”
Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment regarding Nunes’ claim that the companies “are being managed by the Democrat socialist social gathering.””
Immediately before Nunes appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Parler CEO John Matze said on the program that what is going on is “extraordinarily scary” and that it seems like the Big Tech moves are an effort to “stifle free speech and competitors within the market.”
Parler will likely go offline for “some time” Sunday night given AWS’ determination to droop the social media platform.
Matze instructed “Sunday Morning Futures” that the site will try to “get again on-line as shortly as potential,” after writing on the platform that the positioning could also be down for as much as every week.
Fox Business’ James Leggate and Fox News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.