Amazon Joins Google & Apple to Banish Parler from the Internet

Ruben Fields
January 20, 2021

Amazon's ban came after Apple kicked Parler off its app store Saturday afternoon for failing to introduce a moderation plan for violent content, including the "planning of illegal and unsafe activities", which it had given the platform 24 hours to do.

The chaos resulted in numerous calls for social media and technology companies to closely monitor usage of their platforms, especially if there are calls to incite violence.

Tracking website Down For Everyone Or Just Me showed Parler offline from just after midnight, suggesting its owners had not been able to find a new hosting partner, after Amazon said it would suspend service. It has already been removed from Google's Play store and Apple is considering suspending the social media app as well if it does not add some content moderation features.

This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace... However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service.

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". Eastern time today, January 11.

Microblogging social media company Parler on Monday sued Amazon for terminating its account on Amazon Web Services, an Amazon subsidiary and one of the largest cloud computing companies on the Internet.

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In the eyes of many conservatives, Parler was a safe haven from so-called Big Tech censorship - a place where they could espouse conspiracy theories, make threats and even plan violent rallies without worrying about getting banned.

Parler's app has been downloaded more than 10 million times on iPhones and Android devices, with more than 80% of the downloads coming from the United States, according to Sensor Tower, an app data firm.

Google, Apple and Amazon have made a decision to suspend the Parler social network. The move cuts Parler off from its entire user audience and cuts each user off from its followers.

"From our understanding, Parler was working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them by various elements of their supply chain, and to date, no communication has been received by them for discussion of future service provision", Robert Davis, senior vice president of communications at Epik, said in a lengthy statement.

"The processes Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of unsafe and illegal content have proved insufficient", Apple told Parler.

"However, we can not provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others".

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