Don’t Weep for Parler as Amazon, Apple and Google Pull the Plug

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2021

Apple and Google pulled Parler from their app stores late last week and Amazon took it offline on Monday when it stopped providing web hosting services, citing the failure of Talking to remove a wave of unsafe content "which encourages and incites violence against others".

The suit asked a federal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Amazon. It is also seeking unspecified triple damages.

Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

And the company's CEO, John Matze, told Fox News over the weekend that even the company's lawyers were fleeing.

Amazon, Apple and Google each ruled that Parler, by failing to properly moderate user-generated content on its platform, violated its terms of service and terminated their respective relationships.

Shortly after hitting the top of the charts on Apple's App Store, on Friday morning, Apple sent Parler a letter saying that the platform had 24 hours to come up with effective moderation measures that could combat posts encouraging illegal activity on the platform, including an increasing number of posts calling for violence.

"What's most horrifying and concerning about the rise of these new platforms is, we're only one incident away from another Tree of Life shooting", Decker said of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue attack in which 11 worshipers were shot dead by a man who authorities say used Gab to promote his racist views. That's not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million US voters from the internet, barring people from free speech.

As Trump loyalists stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, conservative-leaning social media sites like Parler and Gab erupted with talk of revolution and civil war, with trending hashtags like #StormTheCapitol.

"This seems to me like an excuse to just basically eliminate free speech at a convenient time you know for them", Matze said.

Matze says he feels that tech giants are now bowing to liberals critical of right-wing sympathizers on social media.

Meanwhile, a group of digital "hactivists" salvaged much of what happened on Parler before it went offline and said they plan to put it into a public archive.

The effort to scrape Parler's website to download and archive posts, including image files that can be tied to geographic locations, has instilled some fear in Parler users. The cache of data is not yet easily readable by non-experts.

Disinformation researchers said far-right groups that appeared at the riot maintained a vigorous online presence on alternative platforms including Parler where they spread violent rhetoric and organized ahead of the unrest.

"Parler has been particularly good at bringing more audience into this collective delusion", he said.

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