The free-speech social media service Parler was already having a nightmare when Apple and Google removed it from their app stores. When the next day, Amazon, the app’s hosting provider, seized Parler’s hosting, leaving the social app virtually homeless online.
Reported by Buzzfeed News Amazon suspended Parler’s web hosting services on Sunday. The action took place after users and employees pressurised AWS to abandon the notorious social site.
Though Apple and Google removed the app from app stores, users who had the social-media app installed could still use it. And access from browsers as well. But, after Amazon Web Services suspension, Parler went offline for everyone until the company finds a new host.
CNN Business obtained the letter Amazon sent to Parler’s chief Policy officer, Amy Peikoff. In the letter, Amazon Web Services sent 98 examples of posts that promote and exhibit violence with their screenshots.
The letter said, “We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,”. AWS continued, “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”
The biggest cloud computing service provider also said it respects Parler’s right to allow content they wanted. But, stated Amazon, its services are not for those platforms who have insufficient moderation and those that encourage violence.
”AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account.”
Though not commenting directly, Parler CEO John Matze wrote on its platform that the deplatforming could interrupt app’s services. He also accused that tech giants are coordinating to remove free-speech from the internet. Matze informed that he’ll remain absent for a week, starting at midnight on Sunday. And that the company is prepared to operate without Amazon’s infrastructure, and is looking for other hosts.
Apple who removed the app the past day after several warnings, stated; Parler hasn’t taken “adequate measures to address the proliferation” of violence on their site. And that there is “no place on their platform for threats and illegal activities.“
“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.“
The “unbiased” and free-speech-social-media, as the company describes itself, was launched in 2018 and gained 100,000 users in 2019. The app was popular among extremists, trump supporters, and people who were against Twitter and Facebook censorships. The platform was exposed after it was held responsible for the wednesday’s Capitol raid.