Parler will go offline after Amazon withdrew help

Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump, went offline after Amazon withdrew its support last week after the deadly uprising in the U.S. Capitol.

The app relied on the cloud computing power provided by Amazon Web Services.

According to an email from CNBC, AWS announced on Saturday that the company will stop providing cloud services to the company as of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. An Amazon spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the letter to CNBC but declined to comment.

John Matze, the founder and CEO, said in a statement Monday that the Parler app will be down “longer than expected” because other cloud hosting companies are unwilling to partner with Parler in light of press releases issued by Amazon, Google and Google Apple.

“We’ll probably be out longer than expected,” wrote Matze. “This is not due to software restrictions. We have our software and all data ready. Rather, statements by Amazon, Google and Apple to the press about the blocking of our access have meant that most of our other providers have stopped supporting us . ” Well.”

He added, “Most people with enough servers to host us have closed their doors to us. We’ll all update and update the press when we get back online.”

AWS told Parler in the email that Parler reported 98 examples of posts that “clearly encourage and encourage violence.” Among the posts reported to Parler and viewed by CNBC, users on the platform violently threatened “liberal leaders, liberal activists #blm leaders and supporters” and other groups.

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.

Matze denounced the tech giants’ moves in a series of posts about Parler over the weekend, claiming that its platform removed the violent content, adding that community guidelines do not allow Parler to be knowingly used for criminal activity.

“We are the worlds [sic] last hope for freedom of expression and information. What they are doing is unprecedented, unfounded and utterly disgusting, “wrote Matze late Saturday night.” They want to keep their language monopoly. “

In response, an AWS spokesperson told CNBC that AWS was providing services to customers across the political spectrum and confirmed that the suspension was due to content that the company says clearly encourages violence.

Apple removed Parler from the iPhone App Store on Saturday. The company said posts made to Parler in connection with the US Capitol riot last week contained calls for violence in violation of Apple’s rules on objectionable content.

“We have always supported different points of view that are represented in the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats from violence and illegal activities,” said an Apple representative in a statement. “Parler has not taken adequate action to counter the spread of these human security threats. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved.”

Google removed Parler from its Android app store Google Play on Friday.

“To protect the safety of users on Google Play, our long-standing guidelines require that apps that display user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement measures to remove monstrous content such as violent posts,” said a Google spokesman.

“All developers agree to these terms, and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy for the past few months. We understand that the Parler app will continue to be published to encourage ongoing violence in the US. We acknowledge that there can be reasonable debates about content guidelines and that it can be difficult for apps to remove all offending content immediately. However, in order to distribute an app on Google Play, apps must implement robust moderation for tremendous content in the face of this persistent and urgent threat public safety We are suspending the app’s entries in the Play Store until these issues are resolved. “

The news follows Twitter’s permanent ban on Trump’s Twitter account, which had 88 million followers, for inciting the president to commit violence in connection with the Capitol storm that resulted in five deaths. Trump later condemned the violence. Trump has also been banned from Facebook and Instagram.

Gab, a social network similar to Parler, known for its far-right user base and frequent hate speech, appears to be benefiting from the aftermath. On Monday, Gab CEO Andrew Torba announced that the platform had gained 600,000 new users.

– Additional coverage from CNBC’s Annie Palmer and Natasha Turak.

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