Parler CEO blasts AOC, elected officials who called to ban his app

Ruben Fields
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 risky content "which encourages and incites violence against others".

On Saturday, Amazon informed Parler of its intention to pull web-hosting services for the platform. It is also seeking unspecified triple damages.

Amazon declined to comment on the filing.

"I think what we're seeing with Parler, with Twitter, with social media is that there is kind of a lack of understanding of the concept of the first amendment among many Americans", said Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at the University of Florida.

Parler has been kicked offline after Amazon joined Google and Apple in banning the far-right forum for allegedly inciting violence in the US Capitol siege.

Amazon took the decisive action after finding 98 instances of posts on the service which it said encouraged violence. It had been seen as a potential platform for the US President.

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Matze has signalled there is little chance of getting Parler back online anytime soon after "every vendor, from text message services, to email providers, to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day", he told Fox New Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures".

Parler was thrown into the spotlight following the January 6 riot where a Trump-inspired mob stormed the Capitol building to protest the certification of the presidential election and five people were left dead. But it was admonished later in the day by Judge Barbara Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, who wrote that Parler had failed to properly serve court papers to Amazon and ordered it to do so. "We are the world's last hope for free speech and free information", he said.

Why has Parler been taken offline? The cache of data is not yet easily readable by non-experts. "You learn about motivations, ideological tactics".

"Parler influencers with tens of thousands of followers echoed volatile posts from divisive Trump supporters in the days leading up to Wednesday, and shared screenshots of Trump's tweets about 'a wild day, ' advocating for all supporters to show up and 'be ready," Townes said.

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

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