Parler CEO says site may never come back online

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2021

"I think it's sick", Matze told Fox News. However, as the app gained popularity, Apple caught wind and issued a letter to the company that stated Parler had 24 hours to implement moderation measures to combat posts that were promoting illegal activity, such as by inciting violence.

Matze noted that the social media app was talking to more than one cloud computing service. But he refused to disclose names, stating the likelihood of harassment for the companies involved.

Parler chief executive John Matze said in an interview with Reuters that he was unsure if the app, which had more than 12 million users, would ever go back online.

In November and December, after Amazon was aware Trump might join the social network, AWS and Parler discussed the possibility of Parler upgrading its account to use more expensive, proprietary AWS software, Parler's attorney wrote.

On January 8, two days after mob violence at the US Capitol both Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their respective app stores.

Opening a Parler account, at least, wouldn't have done the president much good.

Matze says he won't give up on Parler and the app will return in the future with a few necessary tweaks to allow for a safe environment while advocating for free speech and respecting the privacy of users. Amazon declined to provide additional comment. This was independently confirmed by a source who described the offer as a standard for startup customers.

"Time to burn down Amazon delivery trucks".

Suspensions by Apple Inc's App Store and Alphabet Inc's Google had already meant potential new users were unable to download the app.

The case is Parler LLC v. Amazon Web Services, Inc before U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in the Western District of Washington. This severed the platform's connection to the internet. It said content encouraging violence grew rapidly after the riots on Wednesday.

"It's hard to keep track of how many people are telling us that we can no longer do business with them", Matze continued. He earlier said that they would update everyone and the press when they are back online.

Beforehand, Apple and Google banned Parler from their respective app shops, citing Parler's inaction on policing violent and risky content material and the danger of contributing to additional violence within the wake of the Capitol riot. Also, there were screenshots of references to firing squads and bringing weapons to the upcoming presidential inauguration.

Amazon's AWS division pulled its hosting-services contract with Parler, which promoted itself to conservatives as a "free speech" various to Twitter or Fb, on Sunday.

Parler sued Amazon on Monday after the tech giant booted the platform from its web-hosting service, Amazon Web Services, amid a public outcry over Parler's role in enabling far-right insurrectionists to organize and plan last week's attack at the US Capitol.

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