The Talking social media app has been removed from the internet following the violence in Washington, DC.
Amazon, which had provided the online tools to run the app, informed Parler that it would cut support from Sunday at midnight local Pacific time. Shortly after this deadline arrived, the site and its application went offline.
Visitors will only see error messages informing them that the technology behind the site is not working properly.
Amazon had told Parler that it had seen “a steady increase in this violent content on your website, which violates all of our terms.” Amazon Web Services sent a detailed letter to the company, including examples of such violent content, making it clear that “Talking does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS Terms of Service.”
Before the shutdown, Parler chief executive John Matze had suggested the outage could last for a week, but then posted to the site to let users know that it “would likely be longer than expected.” following public statements from Amazon, Google and Apple, he said.
Mr Matze had told Fox News that “every supplier from text messaging to email providers to our lawyers have all abandoned us as well,” suggesting that other companies are taking the lead. Apple and Google.
The app had previously been removed by Apple and Google from their app stores. Google’s ban came on Friday and was followed by Apple, which said it gave Speak 24 hours to resolve its moderation issues or face a ban, which subsequently went into effect.
Apple suggested the app could come back online, saying in a statement it had “suspended Talking from the App Store until they resolve [its content moderation] problems “.
While that meant it was not possible to download the app, Talking was still available on the web, until Amazon also removed support.
While it’s possible the company may be able to find new hosting services – or even host its own website, as The Pirate Bay did when it was hunted on the internet – Apple and Google don’t seem ready to change their policy in the near future, meaning there won’t be an easy way for Parler to distribute its mobile app.
As such, to recreate the app as it was, Parler would have to both rethink their site and find new hosting services and new ways to access the site and its app.
Before its shutdown, Parler said it had more than 12 million users, although independent estimates are slightly lower. That’s far less than the reach of more traditional social media platforms: Donald Trump, who has never created a profile on the app, had nearly 90 million Twitter followers before his account was closed.