Amazon, Apple, and Google have all booted Parler from their platforms in a span of a little more than 24 hours.
Amazon will remove Parler from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, Sunday evening, effectively kicking it off the internet after mounting pressure from the public and Amazon employees.
Parler is a social media app for conservatives and far-right extremists and for weeks prior to Wednesday’s deadly siege on the Capitol, Trumpers discussed a violent uprising in D.C. on Parler.
The decision, which goes into effect on tonight will shut down Parler’s website and app until it can find a new hosting provider.
In a letter obtained by CNN Business that was sent to Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff on Saturday, Amazon Web Services said that in recent weeks it has reported 98 examples to Parler of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence.” The letter includes screenshots of several examples.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms.
It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.
AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account.”
A Google spokesperson said earlier,
“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence.”
“All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months.”
We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.
In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”
Parler CEO John Matze has not commented publicly on Google’s move, but did respond to Apple’s threats on the app Friday, saying the company would
“not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors!”
Ooooh, seems like you got banned, bitch. Try going to Parler.com now.