Parler banned from Amazon following violent content on US Capitol riot


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Parler, an American alt-tech microblogging and social networking service that many have described to be alternative Twitter has finally been kicked out of Google, Apple and Amazon within a span of 24 hours.

Parler has been recognised as a user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists. 

Amazon said it would remove Parler from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, Sunday evening, effectively kicking it off of the public internet after mounting pressure from the public and Amazon employees.

The Parler has been inaccessible since early Monday as a result of the decision made by Amazon which took place specifically on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. The Parler’s website and app will be inactive until it can find a new hosting provider.

CNN said that BuzzFeed News was the first to report the Parler termination. Parler has been heavily used by Donald Trump’s supporters which include some users who participated in Wednesday’s US Capitol riot.

On Saturday,  a letter was sent to Parler’s Chief Policy Officer, Amy Peikoff. Amazon Web Services  (AWS) clarified in the letter that in recent weeks it has reported 98 examples to Parler of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence.”

“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” AWS wrote. “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.” The letter was evidenced by several Screenshots.

Matze John, the CEO of Parler already warned of the app interruptions due to the deplatforming by the two major servers.

If Amazon terminates Parler from their web hosting service, Parler would be offline indefinitely wherein we have to start from scratch, according to Matze John.

“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business,” Matze continued. The CEO has condemned Amazon’s act of removing free speech from the Internet. 

Amazon’s decision was as a result of Apple’s decision to terminate the app. iPhone makers said that Parler has violated their terms of services.  “The processes Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal content have proved insufficient,” Apple told Parler. “Specifically, we have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action in violation of Guideline 1.1 – Safety – Objectionable Content.”

Source: CNN

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