With the decision, which goes into effect on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Parler’s website will be effectively closed until a new web hosting provider can be found. BuzzFeed News first reported on the move. Parler is an alternative social network popular with Conservatives and has been heavily used by supporters of President Donald Trump, including some who participated in the riots in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
In a letter from CNN Business sent Saturday to Amy Peikoff, Parler’s chief policy officer, Amazon Web Services said that Parler had received 98 examples of “posts clearly encouraging violence and them” over the past few weeks incite “. The letter includes screenshots of several examples.
After Amazon boots the company from its web hosting service, Parler’s website could be offline for up to a week while “we build from scratch,” CEO John Matze said in a post on its platform.
“We will do our best to switch to a new provider now as there are many competing for our business,” continued Matze.
Matze accused Amazon of trying to “completely remove freedom of speech from the Internet”.
Amazon’s decision was revealed shortly after Apple removed Parler from its app store.
“”[T]There is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activities, “said the iPhone manufacturer about his move.
Apple informed Parler of its decision in a message that it violated the company’s App Store terms.
“The processes that Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the distribution of dangerous and illegal content have proven to be inadequate,” Apple told Parler. “In particular, we continued to see direct threats of violence and incitement to illegal activity in violation of Policy 1.1 – Security – Objectionable Content.”
Apple’s notice stated that Parler’s responses to an earlier warning were inadequate, including Parler’s defense that it had been taking violent rhetoric on its platform “very seriously” for weeks and that Apple said it had a moderation schedule “for now”.
“Parler has not taken reasonable steps to counter the spread of these threats to human security,” Apple said in a statement to CNN Business. “We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved.”
Apple’s decision followed a similar move by Google on Friday to remove Parler from the Google Play Store.
Parler CEO John Matze wrote in a message on his platform that Apple “will ban Parler until we give up free speech, put in place comprehensive and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook, and become a surveillance platform by pursuing the guilt of those who do Parler use before innocence. “
“They claim it was due to violence on the platform,” wrote Matze about Apple, which he also accused of being a “software monopoly”, a particularly relevant attack in view of an ongoing antitrust case against Apple by Fortnite manufacturer Epic Games. “The community disagrees as we are # 1 in their business today.”
Matze promised to “share more details about our next plans as soon as we have many options”.