‘Free-speech’ social media Parler is on the verge of collapse after getting ditched by Google, Apple, and Amazon following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol.
As Parler’s CEO, John Matze, warned, the entire company could be ruined following tech giants’ decision to cut all ties with the business over its failure to crack down on radical, violent content shared by far-right supporters on the platform ahead of the Wednesday riot.
Initially, Google removed the Parler app from its store over posts inciting violence. The following day, on Saturday, Apple followed suit by ditching the social media app from its store after Parler failed to comply with their request to address “threat to people’s safety.”
On Sunday, Amazon joined in on carrying out the punishment by suspending Parler from its servers, resulting in the social media site’s temporary, if not permanent, shutdown.
“Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms … It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service,” the Amazon Web Services said in a letter to Parler which was obtained by NBC News.
Speaking of the repercussions, Matze blasted the tech giants for attempting to “destroy the entire company.”
“They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they’re actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet,” the CEO said in an interview with Fox News shortly before Parler was ditched from AWS.
“They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day.”
Matze went on to defend Parler by accusing the leading tech giants of falsely claiming that the platform is “somehow responsible for the events that occurred on the 6th.”
“We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible. But we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us. Because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t,” he added.
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