The conservative and friendly CEO of social network Parler said that all the people that supplied it have moved away from the business because of the recent bans from Amazon, Google, and Apple.
“Every vendor, from text messaging services to e-mail companies to our lawyers, all cut us down on the same day,” said John Matze, CEO of Parler, in an interview with Fox News on Sunday.
Google forbade Parler on Friday, Apple forbade Parler on Saturday, and Amazon forbade Parler on Sunday night’s web hosting. Every company referred to the acts of death posted on Parler in their reasons for withdrawing the app. Screenshots from the app posted by the Sleeping Giants activist group showed users advocating violence against Mike Pence and denouncing more action at the Capitol on January 19.
In a Saturday night post, Matze said the business “will not be available online for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch” and that “we have a lot of people competing for our business.” But in a Sunday interview, Matze said that it was hard to find a new vendor to work with. “We’re going to do our hardest to get back up as soon as possible, but we’re experiencing a lot of difficulty because every supplier we talk to says they’re not going to work with us. And if Apple doesn’t agree and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t.”
After Parler was barred from both Google and Apple app stores for failing to eliminate violent and intimidating content on its website, the social media site is now totally offline because Amazon banned the web hosting of Parker. The website comes back with a 403 error now.
Amazon told Parler about his move late Sunday, in a letter to Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff. Its Amazon Web Service (AWS) “cannot provide services to customers who are unable to adequately detect and reduce content that encourages or calls for violence against others,” says the letter to Peikoff, adding that Parler “has a very real risk to public safety.”
Perhaps the most well-known notable case of a forum being deplatformed for graphic violence was the Gab social network. After a gunman killed eleven people in the Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, PayPal forbade Gab from his site after it was discovered that Robert Bowers had put anti-Semitic threats on Gab before the attack.
Gab’s request which was to come in the App Store back in 2016 got denied by Apple, Twitter then disabled its API for Gab. The Gab app was launched by Google in 2017 on its Play Store because it breached its policy on hate speech, which made AWS break their ties in 2019 with Gab because it violated its community guidelines.