The assault on the Capitol is having consequences for Donald Trump, although for now not in court, but on social media. After the temporary suspension of Facebook and Instagram, last Saturday Twitter, his favorite platform, permanently suspended the account of the still President of the United States. This caused his followers to start moving to Parler, a social network very similar to Twitter where “speak freely”, according to its creators.
Parler isn’t having much luck after the Capitol episode, either.. First Google and Apple removed it from their respective app stores, but the app could still be downloaded in APK. Now Parler has stopped working for everyone since Amazon decided to take the servers offline.
Parler runs out of support for allowing posts that incite violence
Parler had his data hosted on Amazon’s servers and with this blackout it has stopped working even for those who had the app already installed previously. Before this, it had already been removed from major stores. According to Google, the app did not have a “strong moderation system for hateful content.”
Parler had his data hosted on Amazon’s servers and with this blackout it has stopped working even for those who had the app already installed previously
Apple also pointed to this moderation system as insufficient: “The processes that Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of illegal and dangerous content have proven insufficient. Specifically, we have continued to encounter direct threats of violence and calls to incite illegal actions.” Although the app was no longer available in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, as we said, it continued to work for those who had it installed, until today.
Allowing content that incites violence is also the reason that has led Amazon to disconnect its servers. In an email accessed by BuzzFeed News and NBC, Amazon Web Services detailed almost a hundred examples threatening people related to movements like Black Lives Matter and other Democratic leaders. Among these publications were also calls to bear arms at the presidential inauguration on January 20, an act in which Joe Biden will be proclaimed president.
Parler runs out of options
Parler was created in the summer of 2018 with the intention of offering a social network as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. The service gained a lot of popularity when Twitter started flagging some Trump Tweets as misleading information, reaching 8 million users recently.
Parler CEO John Matze laments that “we are likely to be blocked more than expected”
With the Amazon blackout, Parler CEO John Matze regrets that “it is likely that we are blocked more than expected” because the decisions of large companies have caused the rejection of their suppliers. “Most companies with enough servers to accommodate us have also closed their doors to us,” he said in his last post in Parler.
He says other companies with enough server space to host the site have also “shut their doors.”
Matze posted abt 20 min ago👇 pic.twitter.com/dcuhyG07HR
– Scott Rodd (@SRodd_CPR) January 11, 2021
In his message, Matze states that he will not open an account on another social network because “Parler is my home” and ends with “See you soon”, hinting that he is looking for alternatives to offer service to his users again. What he has not said is about supposed failure that would have exposed all the information of the social network which was posted yesterday in a thread on Reddit.