UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Sunday, January 10, 2021
Tech giants Apple and Amazon suspend free speech social media site ‘Parler’ from their services.
On Saturday, the decision came due to claims that the social networking site was not taking enough measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.
Parler became popular among the President’s supporters as his Twitter account was permanently removed Friday. The app was seen as a haven for people who were expelled from Twitter.
Apple claimed the Capitol Hill protests were coordinated on Parler’s site. In a statement on Saturday, Apple announced the app would be unavailable until they had time to look into several issues.
The tech giant told Parler they would have to implement fact-checkers on posts if they wanted to avoid suspension. However, Parler’s Chief Executive John Matze said the app could be unavailable for days. He accused Google, Amazon and Apple of trying to kill competition in the marketplace.
This all came after Parler climbed to number one on Apple’s app store before it was suspended.
On Saturday, Matze announced Amazon was shutting off their access to the server hosting service in an attempt to”completely remove free speech from the internet.” Matze said the ban was intentionally coordinated to inflict the most damage on President Trump.
Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products. We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out. #speakfreely
— John Matze 🇺🇸 John Saturday, January 9, 2021
Apple will be banning Parler until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become a surveillance platform by pursuing guilt of those who use Parler before innocence. They claim it is due to violence on the platform. The community disagrees as we hit number 1 on their store today.