Several of the nation’s largest social media firms have openly purged conservative voices in recent years, though the practice seems to have seen a sharp uptick in the wake of Capitol Hill rioting this week.
For right-wing pundit Dan Bongino, the Big Tech backlash was enough for him to quit Twitter for good.
“My final tweet and message”
In a statement on Thursday and a confirmation tweet the following day, Bongino announced that this weekend would be his last on the popular social media platform, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
Bongino’s decision came during a 12-hour lockout imposed on his Twitter account after he shared a video originally posted by President Donald Trump during the civil unrest in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
Twitter subsequently blocked and deleted the video even though Trump used it to call for an end to the violence and destruction. As a result, Bongino confirmed that he would be posting exclusively on a newer, conservative-friendly social media site.
“I’m leaving the platform permanently for Parler,” he wrote, according to the Examiner. “I’ll post my final tweet and message for Twitter tomorrow when the 12-hour lockdown ends.”
Bongino capped off his tweet with an expletive-laden sendoff to those behind social media bans on conservative users.
As part of further remarks, Bongino insisted that his decision was rooted in a desire to remain true to his principles, explaining: “Twitter needs me, I don’t need them. I provide them with content. Hopefully, this leads to more high-profile accounts leaving Twitter.”
In a follow-up tweet on Friday, he confirmed that it would be his “final post on this anti-American platform,” describing the “tech tyrants who have acted as publishers in their ongoing wars on conservatives [and] free speech” as the “greatest threats to liberty” in the United States.
“You can find me on Parler, where we respect free speech,” he declared.
Of course, Bongino has another incentive for promoting Parler, as the Examiner reported in June. He announced in a tweet at the time that he had “taken an ownership stake” in the fledgling tech firm, calling it “the hottest social media alternative in the market right now.”