Obviously the issue of targeted deplatforming is one close to the current community of CTH 2.0 users and administrators after we suffered a similar targeting from WordPress/Automattic. However, there is something about the Parler construct that is puzzling. WATCH:
TRUTH LIVES on at https://sgtreport.tv/
Outwardly, Parler launched as an alternative to Twitter for conservative and liberty-minded voices concerned about having a space for free speech. With that in mind why would Parler start by using Amazon host services for their platform?
While it is not OK for Parler to be removed under any circumstances, John Matze primary responsibility was stewardship toward the Parler user community. Responsible stewardship would not include going to the ideological Big Tech enemy, Amazon, for the primary provider tools for the platform.
Additionally, it appears the vendor tech community that supported the Parler platform simultaneously announced they too would drop Parler as a customer, following the announcement by Amazon. Parler was apparently caught off-guard.
With Big Tech and social media companies now increasingly allowing users to be identified and/or targeted; and considering the sensitivity of privacy for all web-hosted engagements; perhaps now our CTH community has a greater context for why we go to such painstaking levels during the rebuild to remain anti-fragile.
A few examples below as noted when we were addressing the commenting system:
CTH 2.0 does not have any tracking software initiated to recognize the user in the comment system. THERE ARE NO COOKIES deployed to track you. There is no system in place by CTH to monitor you or recognize you. This is part of our current privacy position.
This is a privacy and tracking issue. CTH 2.0, as an independent website, is currently not tracking or applying any host generated tracking data of the participants.
Most websites do apply some version of tracking via “cookies” to make your engagement part of an active tracking system (make user experience easier); and/or use those cookies to deliver you targeted advertising.
CTH wants to ensure that your user-data is private to you. This is why we did not originally engage the third-party Disqus commenting platform. We do not want any tracking system on the website for your data.
We selected comment software from WPDiscuz (not affiliated with Disqus in any form) specifically because we can control the platforms internal content according to our privacy demands.
The content in the Treehouse community (the comment section) is derived from your choices, your freedom. It is your discussion and we are stewards protecting your conversation.
No outside system is gathering any user data or content on the commenting platform, everything within CTH 2.0 is being built on a very stable and private proprietary foundation.