After Google and Apple, Amazon suspends Parler, threatening to take pro-Trump site offline Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021

Amazon on Saturday suspended the pro-Trump social networking site Parler from its web hosting services, Amazon AWS. The suspension threatens to take the site, which is favored by extremists, offline.

The suspension by the website host comes just days after Parler’s app had already been dropped from Apple and Google Play Stores.

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Amazon said Parler had violated its terms of service by failing to moderate its content. Parler’s users glorified the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday January 6 by pro-Trump supporters.

Amazon said the suspension would be implemented just before midnight on Monday, meaning the website would need to find another host before that time to remain online.

The Washington Post quoted someone familiar with the decision as confirming that Amazon AWS communicated its suspension to Parler on Saturday.

The suspension by Amazon comes on the same day Apple Inc. suspended Parler social networking app from its Play Store for failing to moderate its platform and for allowing posts that incite violence. Apple had given the service 24 hours to implement moderation or be suspended.

“We have always supported diverse diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement on Saturday. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

Apple’s suspension came only a day after Alphabet’s Inc.’s Google suspended Parler from its Play Store app market place.

Alphabet cited violations of requirements for sufficient moderation of content for apps it distributes.

Parler is a network favored by conservatives and extremists, and defines itself as a platform for free speech. There is virtually no moderation and people are allowed to say what they want, including what can be defined as promoting violence and extremism.

Many supporters of President Donald Trump migrated to Parler after they were suspended from other platforms such as Twitter Inc, which permanently suspended President Trump’s account on Friday.

Google said in a statement that Parler continues to posts that seek to “incite ongoing violence in the U.S.”

“For us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content. 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.”

Apple cited instances of posts from people planning to descend on Washington, D.C., with weapons after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.Apple

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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