Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web hosting service
- Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service.
- They said that the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.
- The action by Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday.
- Parler is favored by many supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and it is seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter.
- Apple said in a statement Saturday,” We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
- Apple had given Parler 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, pointing to participants’ using the service to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.
- Amazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWS’s terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler.
- Parler Chief Executive John Matze lashed out at Amazon, Google and Apple, saying it was a coordinated effort knowing Parler’s options would be limited and it would inflict the most damage right as Trump was banned from other social media platforms.
- In addition to Parler, right-leaning social media users in the United States have flocked to messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc.
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