In an effort to silence bigotry, Amazon has joined Silicon Valley in turning its back on Parler, a social media app favoured by right-wing conservatives.
Amazon joins fullscale Parler booting
In a letter sent to Parler, AWS listed at least 98 examples where violence was encouraged, without any retort from the platform’s policy department.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms. It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service,” the letter, seen by CNN Business, read.
AWS joins Google and Apple in what’s come to be known as the death of Trumpism. However, at Parler HQ, management is scrambling to find a new home.
Parler boss refuses to give up ‘free speech’ to Silicon Valley
As tough of a feat this is, since AWS, Google and Apple basically command the mainstream internet, Parler CEO John Matze has vowed to have the app back up-and-running as soon as possible.
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business,” he wrote on the website that’s since been removed from the internet.
Trumpist bigots find new home
Supporters of the platform have, according to BBC News‘ Rory Cellan-Jones, prepared for this blackout well in advance. An alternative ‘free speech’ platform, Gab, seems to have inherited the loss of Parler’s userbase.
“Gab gained more users in the past 2 days than we did in our first two years of existing. That’s why you never give up. Keep building, keep forging ahead. Keep the faith. Even when all hope seems lost,” the app wrote in a tweet.
Gab gained more users in the past 2 days than we did in our first two years of existing.— Gab.com (@getongab) January 11, 2021
That’s why you never give up. Keep building, keep forging ahead. Keep the faith. Even when all hope seems lost.
At the time of publishing this article, a search for Parler on the internet yielded no results.