Talking social media app suspended from Apple’s App Store, Amazon’s web hosting service – National


Jan. 9 (Reuters) – Apple Inc and Inc have suspended Talk from their respective App Store and web hosting service, claiming the social networking service popular with many right-wing social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of messages inciting violence.
The action from Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Alphabet Inc.’s Google on Friday. Speaking is favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and he is seen as a safe haven for those kicked out of Twitter.

“We have suspended Talking from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” Apple said in a statement on Saturday.

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Apple had given Speak 24 Hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, saying attendees were using the service to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.

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Amazon’s decision effectively takes the site offline unless it finds a new company to host its services.

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Amazon has suspended Talking from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWS terms of service by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email from an AWS team Trust and Safety in Parler, as seen by Reuters.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the letter was genuine.

Due to the “very real risk to public safety” of Speaking, AWS plans to suspend the Speaking account effective Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST, the email seen by Reuters showed.

Parler chief executive John Matze criticized Amazon, Google and Apple, saying it was a coordinated effort, knowing that Parler’s options would be limited and it would do the most damage as Trump was banned from other platforms social media.

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“Parler may not be available on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” he said in an article on Parler.

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace… You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us. ”

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In addition to Speaking, right-wing social media users in the United States have flocked to the Telegram messaging app and interactive social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter. Inc and Facebook Inc.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil and Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru, Stephen Nellis in San Francisco, David Shepardson in Washington and Ken Li; edited by Jonathan Oatis, Leslie Adler and Lincoln Feast.)


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