Parler CEO Says Social Media App May Never Return Online

Yolanda Curtis
January 14, 2021

Parler then sued Amazon Web Services, alleging in a complaint filed Monday in Seattle federal court that the termination was "motivated by political animus" and created to reduce competition in the microblogging services market.

Matze has since vowed that Parler will return in the near future with the necessary tweaks to keep everybody safe while still advocating for free speech and respecting the privacy of users. So there's no sharing of your Parler post to Facebook or Twitter, though people do take screenshots and post to other platforms.

An AWS spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that there is "no merit to these claims" and that content that incites violence on Parler violated terms of service. The spread of similar falsehoods contributed to the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol, where a mob of Trump supporters swarmed congressional chambers to demand lawmakers decertify the results of the November election that resulted in a victory for Joe Biden.

Apple and Google removed Parler on January 9 on its respective App Store and Android Marketplace.

Following the U.S. presidential election in November, Trump supporters flocked to alternative social networks, including Parler, to plan election protests after Facebook and other sites barred groups that pushed baseless conspiracies. Conservative commentator Dan Bongino also said in June he was taking an ownership stake in the company, which is based near Las Vegas in Nevada. In court documents filed Tuesday, Amazon says it warned Parler officials about the violent threats on its platform almost two months before the riot at the US Capitol sparked the app's removal from major app stores and technology platforms. The corporate is funded by hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer. Both companies had asked Parler to step up moderation on the platform and remove content which had glorified the violence. "We don't know yet". The company refused to do this. "Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services ('AWS') content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens".

Parler responded by proposing to have volunteers identify content that would be forwarded to a "jury" to decide whether it should be taken down, the executive said.

"AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler's right to determine for itself what content it will allow". He said the best thing would be if Parler could get back on Amazon. "It's clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service".

In response, Parler has sued Amazon for violating the contract and called the ban politically motivated. Parler has "no other options" to be on the web, it said in the suit.

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