Apple, Amazon droop Parler social community from App Retailer and website hosting service By Reuters
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(Reuters) – Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 have suspended Parler from their respective app store and web hosting service. The social networking service that has been joined by many right-wing social media users has failed to take adequate measures to prevent the spread of violence inciting posts.
The action by Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Google of Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc on Friday. Preferred by many supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, Parler is viewed as a haven for people who have been banned from Twitter.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved,” Apple said in a statement on Saturday.
Apple had given Parler 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation schedule indicating that attendees were using the service to coordinate the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
John Matze, Parler’s chief executive, hit Apple, saying the iPhone maker banned the service until it abandons free speech and introduces “comprehensive and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook.”
Amazon has suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) entity for violating the AWS Terms of Service for not effectively handling a steady increase in violent content on the social networking service, BuzzFeed News reported late Saturday at https: //.
AWS did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
According to an email sent to Parler from an AWS Trust and Safety team that was seen by BuzzFeed, AWS plans to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday 11:59 p.m. PST.
Matze said in a post on Parler who responded to Apple’s suspension, “They claim it was due to violence on the platform. The community disagrees as we reach # 1 in their business today,” Matze said in a post on Parler.
“More details on our next plans will follow shortly as we have many options,” said Matze.
In addition to Parler, right-wing US social media users flocked to the messaging app Telegram and the hands-off social site Gab, citing more aggressive monitoring of political commentary on mainstream platforms like Twitter Inc. (NYSE 🙂 and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ :).
In its announcement on Friday that it would suspend Parler, Google stated that Parler must demonstrate “robust” moderation of content if it wants to return to the store.
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