Amazon joins Apple and Google to kick off Parler, the sympathetic far-right
Amazon launched Speak, a social media platform popular with supporters of President Donald Trump, out of its web hosting service overnight after Apple and Google removed it from their app stores.
Talking could be offline for a week due to Amazon’s action, Parler CEO John Matze said. This prediction may be optimistic as the platform will have to be rebuilt from the ground up, reports the Associated Press.
Google removed it from its App Store on Friday for allowing publications that seek to “incite continued violence in the United States.” Apple joined Google on Saturday after giving Speaking a day to deal with complaints that it was being used to “plan and facilitate even more dangerous activity,” the report said.
Apple could reinstate the app if public safety concerns are resolved, the company said.
Amazon informed Parler on Saturday that it plans to withdraw web hosting services for the platform. This went into effect at midnight Sunday, the AP reports. In previous weeks, Amazon had informed Speak of 98 examples of posts “that clearly encourage and incite violence” and said the platform “poses a very real risk to public safety.”
Without access to the Google and Apple app stores, Parler’s reach is severely limited – although it has continued to be available through a web browser, according to the report. The loss of Amazon Web Services means Parler needs a new web host and needs to rethink their platform.
Matze decried the punishments as “a coordinated attack by tech giants to kill market competition.” We have succeeded too quickly, ”he said in a Saturday night article, reports the AP. Talking “has a lot of trouble” rebuilding itself because suppliers refuse to work with the company following the actions of the tech giant.
Founded in 2018, Parler claims 12 million users, according to the report. However, mobile app analytics company Sensor Tower claims it has 10 million worldwide, including 8 million in the United States, the report says.