UFC legend Stephan Bonnar says the removal of the social media app Parler from the web shops is “Commie BS” as Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday.
Known in the MMA community for his classic brawl with Forrest Griffin in the finals of the first ever UFC tournament “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005, Bonnar slammed what he considered to be “censorship” in the tech world after Parler, who Social media app to be removed from various online stores following the riots in Washington DC on Wednesday.
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It did so after several celebrities on Twitter, including President Donald Trump, were permanently suspended from the platform. The tech giant announced that, in Trump’s case at least, this measure was being taken to mitigate the future violence fueled by the 45th president ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Jan. 20.
Trump, along with legions of his most ardent supporters, should migrate to Parler, which is advertised as an unbiased platform for free expression.
However, the company has come under fire for not moderating the perceived extremist threats posed by supporters of groups like the Proud Boys and QAnon, alleging that multiple users have made terrorist threats to several prominent figures on both sides of the US Political spectrum of the USA.
But Bonnar, a character known for right-wing sympathy on the internet, doesn’t have them.
Dude! This is such a Commie BS! I can’t believe idiots cheer when our rights are taken away !!!! Wake up you fool! https://t.co/EkE8c8SnXw
– Stephan Bonnar (@StephanBonnar) January 9, 2021
“Dude! That’s such a Commie BS!” Bonnar, 43, wrote online. “I can’t believe idiots cheer when our rights are taken away !!!! Wake up you fool!”
Bonnar’s critics claimed that those like Twitter, as private companies, have the right to determine who can use their services and that all cries of Orwellian censorship are misplaced.
SMH. Apps / websites don’t owe a platform to anyone. If you want to spread your hatred, you can shout it from your balcony. This is YOUR right. Just like it’s my right to take photos that I’ve signed and throw them in the trash.
– Stephan (@Bisping_Fan) January 10, 2021
However, some supporters supported Bonnar in his claims.
“Marxists want to control you by all means necessary. They are now in control of all government levers,” wrote one.
Bonnar isn’t the only notable figure within the mixed martial arts railing against tech censorship this week.
Jorge Masvidal, the UFC star who fought for Donald Trump ahead of the November Florida elections, said he would “follow the leader” and turn down Twitter after Trump was banned from social media.
“Not too many places that I haven’t been kicked out, and since all the cool kids got kicked out of Twitter … @jack. Follow the leader. Ala din my way out of here,” he wrote.
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