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Parler Is Now Inaccessible After Amazon's Move

The social network says other cloud-hosting companies aren't jumping to work with it
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2021 6:30 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2021 6:47 AM CST

(Newser) – Parler was inaccessible as of early Monday after Amazon went forward with its decision to suspend the Twitter-like platform from its web-hosting services, reports the Guardian. Per the Washington Post, Amazon said late Saturday that Parler violated its terms of service, citing inadequate content moderation. "Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in … violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms," Amazon wrote in a letter to Parler. "It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service." CNBC reports Parler CEO John Matze said in a statement Monday that while "we have our software and everyone's data ready to go" the site will "likely be down longer than expected." That's because "most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us."

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It marks a third blow to the platform by big tech: On Friday, Google pulled Parler's smartphone app from its app store for allowing postings that seek “to incite ongoing violence in the US,” per the AP. Apple followed suit on Saturday evening after giving Parler 24 hours to address complaints it was being used to “plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.” Matze said in his Monday statement that the aforementioned companies' public stances "caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well." On Saturday he decried the punishments as "a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace. We were too successful too fast." Boasting about 12 million users, Parler is the largest among the handful of alternatives President Trump could potentially use in the wake of his removal from Twitter, Facebook, and other mainstream platforms. (Read more Twitter stories.)

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