Apple and Amazon have suspended social media site, Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting services. Both companies say that the social networking service has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.
This follows similar action by Google on Friday 8th January 2020. Supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump, and many right-leaning social media users who are permanently suspended from Twitter see Parler as a haven.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” Apple said in a statement. Apple also gave Parler 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan. It points to the participants’ use of the service to coordinate the siege of the US Capitol.
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Amazon also suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit. It says the app is in violation of AWS’s terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content.
AWS says in an email that it was suspending Parler’s account effective 08:59 pm WAT on Sunday, 10th January 2021.
Parler Chief Executive John Matze says Amazon, Google and Apple,are in a coordinated effort against the app knowing Parler’s options would be limited.
“There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place… You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out,” he said in a post on Parler.
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