Parler CEO says social media app may not return

Ruben Fields
January 14, 2021

Users of Parler were encouraged on Tuesday when the company announced that it had signed up for hosting with Epik; however, a subsequently-released statement from Epik indicated that Epik had not actually agreed to host the platform, and seemed to indicate that Parler had simply signed up for domain registration services like any other company is allowed to do.

In its filing Wednesday, Parler suggests Amazon's about-face could have been due to concerns over how its relationship with Parler would be perceived publicly, and how much more hard it might become to constrain the network were Trump to join. So there's no sharing of your Parler post to Facebook or Twitter, though people do take screenshots and post to other platforms. For instance, after the Capitol Hill violence, numerous posts on Parler called for mass executions of "left traitors". Answering a question about Parler's CEO, Cook pointed out that "We suspended them, we did not ban them".

Along with getting kicked off Apple and Google's app shops and reduce off by AWS, Parler has been banished by American Categorical and online-payment supplier Stripe, in keeping with Matze. CNN reported earlier that Kushner had stopped the migration of Trump's social media accounts to new services.

Amazon had shut down Parler following the January 6 riot by Trump supporters at the Capitol aimed at preventing Democrat Joe Biden from becoming president.

In November, conservative activist Rebekah Mercer confirmed that she and her family, including her father and hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer, have provided funding to the company. They each wrote: "As a result of these threats and similar threats against employees of other companies that have suspended Parler or others from their services, I am concerned for my safety, as well as the safety of my colleagues". "It could be never", Matze said, before declaring, "We don't know yet". The company refused to do this.

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Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze.

Why has Parler been taken offline?

Suspensions by Apple Inc's App Store and Alphabet Inc's Google had already meant potential new users were unable to download the app. Matze said that Parler's relationship with Amazon appeared to be severed overnight without warning.

Matze informed Reuters that Parler was in talks with different internet hosting companies however he declined to call them, "citing the chance of harassment for the businesses concerned", per the report. The email read, "Recently, we've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms".

So on the face of it, a reinstatement could be as simple as Parler agreeing to follow Apple's Terms of Service to the letter.

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