Amazon Web Services is suspending Parler’s access to its hosting services at the end of the weekend, which could potentially take the service offline unless it finds a new provider.
“Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, Jan. 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST,” Amazon wrote. à Speak in an e-mail obtained and reported for the first time. by BuzzFeed.
AWS’s email to Talk cites several examples of violent and threatening messages released in recent days, including threats to “systematically assassinate liberal leaders, liberal activists, BLM leaders and supporters” and other. “Given the unfortunate events that unfolded in Washington, DC last week, there is a serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence,” the post added.
Talk was launched in 2018 as an alternative to “free speech” to Twitter and Facebook. In 2019 and 2020, it drew a number of conservative, right-wing and far-right fringe users. Usage has increased dramatically in the past few days following Wednesday’s events on the U.S. Capitol and President Donald Trump’s total ban from Twitter and other platforms.
This increase in traffic has also resulted in an increase in threats of violence on the platform, which tech companies across the board seem to be taking more seriously after this week – and it’s no wonder the insurgents who attacked the Capitol have used social media extensively to plan, run, and brag about their business.
Speak, however, has not articulated a clear plan for dealing with the violent threats on its platform. As Amazon wrote:
It is clear that Parler does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS Terms of Service. It also appears that Parler is still trying to determine its stance on content moderation. You remove some violent content when contacted by us or others, but not always urgently. Your CEO recently stated publicly that he “doesn’t feel responsible for any of this, and neither does the platform. This morning, you indicated that you have a plan to more proactively moderate violent content, but that you plan to do it manually with volunteers. We believe that this nascent plan of using volunteers to quickly identify and remove dangerous content will not work given the growing number of violent messages.
Apple also removed Parler from its iOS App Store earlier today, citing similar concerns.
“Parler has not lived up to its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content that encourages violence and illegal activity, and is not in compliance with the App Store review guidelines,” Apple wrote. “Your app will be removed from the App Store until we receive an update that meets App Store review guidelines and you have demonstrated your ability to effectively moderate and filter dangerous and harmful content from your service. “
Google already started Speaking from its App Store on Friday, also citing the prevalence of explicitly violent content left on the platform.