After banning Parler, Apple sued for not banning Telegram too

After banning Parler, Apple sued for not banning Telegram too

A day later Amazon suspended Parler from its web hosting service, effectively taking the site offline unless it can find a new company to host its services.

That was the message from Parler CEO John Matze that appeared online January 17 on what is only a static website at this point.

"Now seems like the right time to remind you all - both lovers and haters - why we started this platform", Mr Matze's statement read.

Cook was reportedly fast to defend Apple's main decision to suspend the app when Wallace wondered whether or not the move amounted to a certain restriction of free speech.

'We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. "We will not let civil discourse perish!" And at that moment, people were screaming with anger about the role Parler seemed to play in the events of January 6.

Parler all but disappeared following the storming of Capitol Hill. Epik is a company that sells domain names and is also the domain registrar for Gab, an alternative social network often used by members of the far-right.

However before Parler was pushed off the internet, the company's user base saw huge growth as a result of Donald Trump supporters looking for alternative social networks after the outgoing President was suspended from Facebook and Twitter. Parler was the preferred app of right-wing conservatives who felt Twitter was squashing their free speech, especially after President Donald Trump's Twitter account was shut down in the aftermath of the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob. Not long afterward, many of Parler's service providers, including Twilio, Okta, and Zendesk, removed Parler from their platforms as well.

Matze said the tech giants were motivated by a desire to squelch conservative voices and to squash an up-and-coming tech challenger. The statement noted that Epik is "not quick to abandon our administrative positions", as it attempted to contrast it and Amazon.

Last weekend, both Apple and Google made the site's mobile app unavailable to download on its platforms.

Parler founder and CEO John Matze speaks to The Epoch Times' American Thought Leaders in 2019. Parler also recovered the company's data.

"And Amazon, as usual, [was] basically saying, 'Oh, I never saw any material problems. And we don't consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection", Cook said. The guidelines advise users to "not purposefully share rumors about other users/people you know are false", but do not mention other policies against misinformation.

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