Archive for January 10, 2021

BREAKING: Stripe Will Stop Processing Payments For Trump

Posted in Commentary on January 10, 2021 by itnerd

President Donald Trump’s problems are increasing. The latest problem for Trump is that payment processor Stripe is now stop processing payments from Trump and his political campaigns. And it will hurt:

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news, and CNN confirmed the report with a source familiar with the matter.

Stripe restricts payments from “high risk” businesses including those that “engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property,” according to its website statement on restricted businesses. 

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump’s campaign paid Stripe more than $1.8 million in the 2020 election cycle, Federal Election Commission records show.

Last month, Trump’s campaign and political operation reported raising more than $207 million between Election Day and early December as he inundated supporters with emails and texts asking for donations to help challenge the election results. An increasing share of the money, however, flowed to a leadership political action committee that Trump established to help fund his post-White House activities.

Updated figures on Trump’s most recent fundraising are not yet public.

Cutting Trump off from collecting cash is really going to hurt. Perhaps as much as having his Twitter account terminated.

Parler To World: Vendors Could “End” The Business…. And This Is Allegedly A Problem For Republicans

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 10, 2021 by itnerd

Last night I posted a breaking story that Amazon had decided to suspend alternative social media platform Parler from Amazon Web Service. When you combine that with the bans from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, I said this:

What that means is that unless Parler changes course on the moderation issues that have led to these bans, Jeff Bezos has effectively Thanos snapped Parler off the Internet. 

Now in an interview reprinted on Deadline, Parler CEO John Matze said this which confirms what I said:

“Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,” Matze said today on Fox News.

Matze conceded that the bans could put the far-right company out of business while raising free speech issues, calling it “an assault on everybody.”

“They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they’re actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet,” Matze said. “They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day.”

Here’s the problem with his argument. It’s bogus because this was planned online on various social media and commutation platforms. One of which was Parler. And unlike Facebook and Twitter, they aren’t even trying to moderate this sort of content. And when you rely on other people like Apple, Google and Amazon as part of operating your business, and they have rules against companies that don’t moderate content like this, you are going to have a problem. Largely because they do not want to be held liable for the bad behavior of your users. So you can’t be shocked that they and many others apparently want nothing to do with Parler.

Here’s the “problem” that this poses for Republicans. They claim that they won’t be able to communicate:

Representative Devin Nunes has claimed, on a national television news station, available on cable, satellite, and internet, that without the social media site Parler, he’ll have no way to get a message to his constituents and supporters.

In the Fox News clip below, Nunes complains about loss of access to the social media site Parler. Parler has been branded as a free speech haven, where people booted from Twitter and Facebook for violating their terms of service can retreat. However, the app has been booted off of Google and Apple’s appstores, and now, according to Buzzfeed, Amazon’s web hosting will no longer provide services to the site. At the time of this writing, the site is still up. However, if they can’t find another hosting service, it won’t be for long.

In the Fox News clip below, Nunes complains about loss of access to the social media site Parler. Parler has been branded as a free speech haven, where people booted from Twitter and Facebook for violating their terms of service can retreat. However, the app has been booted off of Google and Apple’s appstores, and now, according to Buzzfeed, Amazon’s web hosting will no longer provide services to the site. At the time of this writing, the site is still up. However, if they can’t find another hosting service, it won’t be for long.

This is beyond laughable. Ignoring the fact that this guy is an enabler of President Donald Trump, and has a reputation for being a bit of a tool, he still has the following means to communicate with his constituents and supporters:

Notably, a majority of Republican elected officials still have and maintain Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Elected officials have websites — here is the blog on Nunes’ official house.gov site, where he last posted a mass communication to his constituents on December 19th.

I think what Nunes really means is that the echo chamber that is Parler is about to disappear. And that makes him sad. I say that’s too bad for Nunes and others. And what he is saying on this topic is a total joke.