Amazon will remove Talk from its cloud hosting service, Amazon Web Services, on Saturday 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. Speak is an alternative social network popular with conservatives and has been widely used by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, including some who participated in the U.S. Capitol unrest on Wednesday.
In a letter obtained by CNN Business that was sent to Talking’s policy director, Amy Peikoff on Saturday, Amazon Web Services said that in the past few weeks it had reported 98 examples to Talking of “messages that encourage and entice clearly to violence ”. The letter includes screenshots of several examples.
“We have seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, which violates all of our terms,” AWS wrote. “Parler clearly does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS Terms of Service. ”
The letter continued, “AWS provides technology and services to customers from all political walks of life, and we continue to respect the right of Speaking to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a client who cannot effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Since Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account. ”
After Amazon started the company from its web hosting service, Parler’s website could be offline for a week while “we are rebuilding from scratch,” CEO John Matze said in a post. on its platform.
“We will do our best to switch to a new supplier now, as we have many competitors for our business,” continued Matze.
Matze accused Amazon of trying to “completely suppress free speech on the Internet.”
The revelation of Amazon’s move came shortly after Apple pulled Talk from its App Store.
« [T]there is no room on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity, ”the iPhone maker said of its move.
Apple informed Parler of its decision in a message indicating that it had violated the terms of the company’s App Store.
“The processes that Parler has in place to moderate or prevent the distribution of dangerous and illegal content have proven insufficient,” Apple told Parler. “Specifically, we continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless actions in violation of Directive 1.1 – Security – Objectionable Content. ”
Apple’s notification said Parler’s responses to a previous warning were inadequate, including Parler’s defense that it had taken violent rhetoric on its platform “very seriously for weeks” and that it had a moderation plan “for now,” according to Apple.
“Talking has not taken adequate steps to address the proliferation of these threats to the security of people,” Apple said in a statement to CNN Business. “We have suspended Talking from the App Store until they resolve these issues. ”
Apple’s move followed a similar move by Google on Friday to remove Talking from the Google Play Store.
John Matze, CEO of Parler, wrote in a post on his platform that Apple “will ban Talking until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become one. monitoring platform by prosecuting the guilt of those who use Talk. before innocence. ”
“They claim this is due to violence on the platform,” Matze wrote of Apple, which he also accused of being a “software monopoly,” a particularly relevant attack at the moment being given an ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Apple against the maker of Fortnite Epic Games. “The community doesn’t agree as we reached number 1 for their store today. ”
Matze promised to share “more details on our next plans to come as we have so many options. ”