• The Tesla and SpaceX CEO on Monday replied to a satirical tweet about Twitter and Facebook banning Donald Trump from their platforms 
  • He said ‘a lot of people will be unhappy’ with what it means for free speech
  • Parler went offline shortly after 3am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting the site down
  • The president was permanently banned from Twitter on Friday 
  • The social media crackdown has revived a debate over whether tech giants should be treated as ‘publishers’ with the same liability as news providers
  • Critics have slammed the move as a purge on free speech
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blasted tech titans for ‘authoritarianism, cloaked as moral righteousness’
  • CEO John Matze, who launched the app in August 2018, said that he has been receiving death threats since his platform was thrust into the spotlight