Parler sues AWS after Amazon knocks service offline

Parler sues AWS after Amazon knocks service offline

Google and Apple also made a decision to remove Parler from their app stores, just days after the app received an influx of users following Twitter's ban on President Donald Trump and other conservative accounts.

Amazon says Parler's inadequate content-moderation practices was the violation.

Parler comes into this for not following the trend of mainstream social media platforms and taking actions to stop the spread of misinformation. Apple joined Google on Saturday after giving Parler a day to address complaints it was being used to "plan and facilitate yet further illegal and unsafe activities", the report said. "In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app's listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues", Google said.

John Matze, Parler chief executive, said Apple was banning the service until it gives up free speech and institutes "broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook".

"We were too successful too fast", he added, noting that Parler may be unavailable for up to a week "as we rebuild from scratch".

Google had removed the Parler app on Friday, shortly after US President Donald Trump had created a Parler account, sparking multitudes of people the world over to also migrate to Parler.

Around the same time, Amazon announced that it would bar Parler from using its cloud services, which host Parler's content, beginning Monday at midnight and dealing another serious blow to its future. The following day, the app was removed from the Apple store, according to NPR.org.

At that point, Parler's website and app will be offline until it can find a new hosting provider.

Google, Apple and Amazon cracked down on Parler as Twitter permanently suspended Trump from its platform, saying his account posed a "risk of further incitement of violence" after the president incited the deadly Capitol riots.

Matze criticized the deplatforming effort by Google, Apple, and Amazon, calling it "unprecedented, unfounded and absolutely disgusting". "Parler is my final stand on the Internet", wrote Matze.

Major IT firm Google has also suspended the distribution of Parler apps, citing its imminent threat to society.

"AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler's right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site", the AWS Trust and Safety team said in the email.

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