Amazon’s decision was first reported by Buzzfeed News.
The company, founded by Jeff BezosRichest people in Jeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosWorld added 0.8T to their combined wealth in 2020. Amazon shipped over 1.5 billion items during the holiday season. Washington Post will add more than 150 jobs next year, bringing the newsroom to an all-time high., said that Parler’s lack of moderation in content led to its removal from its web hosting service, calling it a “very real risk to public safety,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Trust and Security team sent an email to Amy Peikoff, policy manager at Parler, explaining their decision.
“Recently we have seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, which violates all of our terms,” read the email, obtained by Buzzfeed. “Clearly Parler does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS Terms of Service.”
The email says Talk will be available to users of the web hosting service until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, when the suspension goes into effect.
An Amazon / AWS spokesperson, in a statement to The Hill, confirmed the email Buzzfeed obtained.
Parler CEO John Matze also confirmed the news in a post on his platform, calling the suspension “an attempt to completely suppress free speech on the Internet.”
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Amazon’s suspension of Parler’s account means the app could go offline on Sunday night, according to Buzzfeed.
As it searches for a new host, Parler may be unavailable as it is rebuilding itself from the ground up, Matze said, although many vendors are “competing” for its business. “This was a coordinated attack by tech giants to kill competition in the market,” Matze said in his announcement.
Amazon is the latest tech giant to take action to limit the social media app favored by conservatives and right-wing groups for lack of content moderation. The online retailer is following in the footsteps of Apple, which suspended the Speak app on Saturday morning, and Google, which removed the platform from its App Store on Friday evening.
Parler has recently come under intense scrutiny following the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol after various media reports that Parler was used to help coordinate the riots.
Users have since called for another violent raid in the nation’s capital on January 19, the day before the president-elect Joe BidenJudge Joe BidenUS blocks Trump administration restrictions on asylum eligibility McConnell circulates proceedings for Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial Senior Trump official cancels and then re-issues resignation letter to say leaving is a protest PLUS must be sworn in, according to Buzzfeed.