Amazon staff are demanding that the corporate drop Parler after the Capitol rebellion
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, pictured on September 13, 2018.
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A group of Amazon employees are calling on the company to stop providing cloud services to Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice association said Amazon Web Services should “withhold parler services until violent posts are removed, including at the presidential inauguration.” AWS offers Parler Cloud Services that host its website.
Representatives from Amazon and Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pressure on Amazon to stop hosting Parler on AWS has increased after other tech giants took action against the social media app following the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week. Google removed Parler from its app store for Android users, the Google Play Store, on Friday. BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Apple threatened to pull Parler out of its app store.
Parler, which was launched in 2018, has become a popular platform for President Trump’s allies over the past year by billing itself as free expression on popular social media services like Twitter and Facebook.
Screenshots from the Parler app viewed by CNBC show users posting references to firing squads, as well as calls for guns to be brought in for the presidential inauguration later this month. The AWS Acceptable Use Policy states that customers should not use their services for “any illegal, harmful, fraudulent, malicious, or offensive purpose”.
Amazon previously cut ties with customers who broke its rules. In 2019, Amazon pulled the plug on a fundraising site used by Gab, a conservative social media site, after violating Amazon’s policy on hateful content.
The AECJ employee group has had some success in making their demands heard. Last April, the group organized an “online strike” to protest the company’s labor practices. Additionally, the group is widely credited with influencing the decision of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, to announce a comprehensive plan on climate change after the group pushed for change at the company’s 2019 AGM.
– CNBC’s Kif Leswing contributed to this report.