Parler app removed from Amazon, Apple platforms for alleged role in US riots
Parler is facing backlash after its alleged role in Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol. On Sunday night, Amazon’s cloud unit decided to stop hosting the social media company while Apple dropped the app from its App Store altogether.
Google also removed it from its Google Play store on Friday. It stated that the Parler app created an “ongoing and urgent public safety threat.”
The social media app is quite popular with the extremist groups seeking an alternative to more mainstream social media sites.
This move by the tech companies will leave the social media app without easy access to virtually all of the world’s smartphone users by the weekend. Parler now will have to scramble to find a new company to host its services as well.
Apple’s decision came a day after the Cupertino, California-based technology giant threatened to remove the app by telling the developers on Friday that they have 24 hours to provide Apple with a plan for filtering and moderating the service.
In response, Parler said it “had been taking this content very seriously for weeks” and added that they would implement a moderation plan “for the time being” and would implement the temporary task force. However, Apple replied that the measures were inadequate to address the “proliferation of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.”
Additionally, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Saturday wrote to Parler about the account suspension and added that the AWS was informed of 98 instances of posts inciting violence in the recent weeks and that its content was insufficient. AWS's decision would mean that the app will not be functional unless the social media app finds a replacement web host.
John Matze- Parler’s Chief Executive Officer, stated that this was a “coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.” He added, “We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however, Amazon, Google, and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited.”
However, before its removal on Saturday, the social media app jumped to the top of Apple’s App Store charts, thereby becoming the most downloaded free app.