“Yes, some of his talks that violated our rules have been removed,” John Matze told Mediaite, noting that the post, or parliament, on the “execution platoons” was among those removed.
Wood, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, told CNN: “I made NO threats. I don’t believe in violence. I believe in the rule of law. ”
“I have reliable evidence that Pence committed acts of treason. My comments were rhetorical hyperbole. Every journalist should understand this concept. If my information is correct law enforcement will determine the punishment, if any, that should be imposed on Pence as they do with all criminals, ”Wood said.
Wood posted on Speak Thursday, according to Mediate: “They let them in. Prepare the firing squads. Pence goes FIRST. ”
White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in a statement: “We strongly condemn all calls for violence, including those against any member of this administration. ”
A spokesperson for the United States Secret Service told CNN: “We are aware of the comments and take all threats to our charges seriously. ”
CNN has reached out to Speak for comment.
Wood is a lawyer who focuses on civil litigation and has experience in First Amendment and defamation litigation, according to his website. He is the attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, who was sentenced to stand trial for the fatal shooting of two men and the injury of another in August during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He also represented Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann, who settled a lawsuit with CNN after being at the center of a viral video controversy.
Wood was permanently banned from Twitter this week after promoting the riots on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, according to BuzzFeed News. Wood was first temporarily suspended for a tweet inciting violence, and then banned permanently after Wood said he would start posting from another account, according to BuzzFeed.
Amazon will be removing Talking from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, on Sunday night, effectively putting it off the public Internet after increasing pressure from the public and Amazon employees. The ruling, which comes into effect Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PT, effectively shuts down the Talk website until it can find a new web hosting provider. BuzzFeed News was the first to report the move.
Talking was recently removed from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Google told CNN that it was aware of “the continued publication in the Talk app which seeks to incite continued violence in the United States” and that its app store requires that “the apps put in is implementing robust moderation for blatant content ”. Apple told CNN in a statement that Parler had not taken “adequate measures to combat the proliferation of these threats to the security of persons.”
The platform touted itself as an alternative to free speech to attract conservatives who say big platforms censor their views.
Talking’s suspension from the Google Play Store came on the same day Twitter banned Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account from its platform, “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.” The suspension came after Trump stirred up a stirred crowd at the U.S. Capitol and left five dead.
CNN’s Evan Perez, Jeremy Diamond, and Brian Fung contributed to this report.