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Parler CEO Says Decisions by Tech Giants Could End Company

Amazon Web Services, which provided web hosting to Parler, ultimately forced the platform to go offline after both Google and Apple removed the social media app from their respective stores.

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After an angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, and a spotlight was shined on those who advocated for violence on federal lawmakers and the current vice president, tech companies Amazon, Google, Apple and others distanced themselves from popular conservative social media platform Parler.

Amazon Web Services, which provided web hosting to Parler, ultimately forced the platform to go offline after both Google and Apple removed the social media app from their respective stores.

Parler CEO John Matze said with so many abandoning ship, it could put the company out of business.

“It would put anybody out of business,” he told FOX News. “This thing could destroy anybody.”

Matze also said they’re doing all that they can in order to get the app back online, but the difficulty is in those who have allegiances to Google and Apple.

“We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible,” he said. “But we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us. Because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t.”

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Clubhouse Hires NPR’s Nina Gregory as Head of News

Gregory confirmed the news of her new venture on Twitter, stating, “I’ve got some news…” while quote tweeting the story from CNN. 

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NPR’s senior editor for its arts desk, Nina Gregory, will be leaving the position she’s held since 2006 to join the live audio app Clubhouse to become its head of news and media publishers. 

Gregory confirmed the news of her new venture on Twitter, stating, “I’ve got some news…” while quote tweeting the story from CNN. 

“This is the first job I applied for in 15 years outside of public radio. I never thought I would leave,” Gregory stated to CNN. “But [Clubhouse] aligns so much with not just our mission, but the audio nerd in me and in us.”

Although the announcement of her hiring came this week, Gregory joined Clubhouse precisely one year before Wednesday’s news. Furthermore, she stated that Clubhouse reminds her of NPR’s former call-in show “Talk of the Nation.”

“As an audio journalist, [Clubhouse] aligned with what I’ve always believed is the best medium for news. You don’t need to know how to read to be able to hear radio news. You don’t need to have an expensive subscription. You don’t need cable,” Gregory said. 

“The accessibility across not just geography, but socioeconomics and cultures has always driven me to the power of the medium.”

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Karol Markowicz: Jimmy Kimmel Is a Terrible Person

Markowicz’s tweet drew plenty of support. Other media personalities rebuked Kimmel’s scathing monologue.

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NY Post columnist Karol Markowicz slammed late-night host Jimmy Kimmel for comments that he made during his monologue Monday about Floridians who have died from COVID-19.

“Of the 54,000 Americans who died from COVID since the start of the summer, almost one of five — one in five of them died in Florida, which my God, all those orphaned ferrets, it’s a shame,” Kimmel said.

“Jimmy Kimmel is a terrible person but at least he’s also not at all funny,” Markowicz tweeted.

Markowicz’s tweet drew plenty of support. Other media personalities rebuked Kimmel’s scathing monologue.

“They hate you and want you dead,” the Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor wrote

“This is an interesting statistic. COVID deaths have proven to be much higher in states that voted for Trump,” Kimmel added.

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Former Editor-In-Chief of Vice News Ryan McCarthy Joins Vox

McCarthy brings plenty of experience to Vox, working as an editor at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Reuters.

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Former Editor-in-Chief of Vice News Ryan McCarthy is Vox’s new editorial director for politics, policy, and society, the digital media outlet announced.

McCarthy brings plenty of experience to Vox, working as an editor at The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and Reuters. Furthermore, he’s done investigative reporting for outlets such as ProPublica

On Twitter, McCarthy stated that he “couldn’t be more excited to join Vox.” Adding that, he’s been “a big, longtime admirer of Editor-in-Chief of Vox Swati Sharma & the whole Vox team.”

In his new role, McCarthy is managing the politics and policy team and stories about America. This group provides coverage that investigates criminal justice, the courts, democracy reform, race, religion, and gender, along with other topics.

“Ryan McCarthy’s reputation in journalism embodies everything we do here at Vox. Ryan’s dedication to growing a diverse and inclusive team, his commitment to high editorial standards, and his collegiality are some of the qualities that spoke to us,” Sharma said. 

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