Talking social media platform turns dark after Amazon cloud suspension


The alternative social media platform Talk was shut down early Monday after Amazon Web Services decided to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service after Wednesday’s riot in the United States on Capitol Hill.

CEO John Matze told users to “hold on and come back” as the company finds out how to move forward during an interview on “Mornings with Maria” on Monday.


“Everyone should hold on and come back,” Matze said. “We might have to go so far as to buy and build our own data centers and buy our own servers if we’re ever going to get back to the internet, you know, but there’s a risk in that given what the vendors are doing, the how well they’re going to get rid of us. ”

“This is going to be devastating for our company, our model, our potential to raise future capital,” he continued. “It can happen to any business at any time. ”

Google suspended Talking from its App Store on Friday due to a failure to moderate “blatant content” posted by users in connection with the violent siege of Capitol Hill last week.

Speak out is being criticized for Wednesday’s riot that saw supporters of President Trump storm the U.S. Capitol, attack police, vandalize the building and steal items from inside.

Screenshots taken from Parler and shared on other social media platforms appear to show Parler users openly discussing plans of violence at the rally leading up to the Capitol attack, including bringing in weapons and by imagining how they would use them against their political opponents.

“No one has presented any credible information or evidence that, you know, there are issues on Parler that don’t exist on other platforms,” Matze said Monday. “It’s really a double standard. … We see all kinds of nasty threatening content on Twitter, a lot more in fact, in our opinion, and, in fact, a lot of the content that was removed from Speak still remains on Twitter for it. day in the form of screenshots. So I don’t understand, you know, what it’s really about. Because it’s not about holding everyone to account equally. It’s about giving preferential treatment to certain people. ”

Amazon claims the move was made for violating Amazon Web Services terms of service by failing to effectively handle a steady increase in violent content, according to an email from an AWS Trust and Safety team at Speak, seen by Reuters.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the letter was genuine.

This illustration shows the logo for the Talking social media app displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background in Arlington, Va., July 2, 2020 (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty Images) (OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty Images)

Like Google, Apple suspended Talking from its App Store even though it was number one in the free apps section earlier today.


“If it violates our terms of service, we remove it. Frankly, I’m not interested in seeing our platform or any platform being used as a tool for violence and the spread of violence… but Amazon, Apple, and Google don’t care. “Matze said on Monday. “They are using this opportunity to crush the first real competitor in this space for so many years. It shows that we can challenge the market. When they realize that the markets are contestable, they crush the competition. I think this is a great example of what the first real tangible contender crushed so quickly, so blatantly. ”


Meanwhile, Gab, another upstart social media platform, has welcomed users to Matze and Parler while the site is down.

“We welcome John Matze, Dan Bongino and everyone on Speak Up to talk freely about Gab as they work to bring the platform back online,” Gab wrote on his official Twitter account.

Fox Business’s Talia Kaplan, Audrey Conklin, James Leggate and Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.


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