Parler May Be Forced Offline After Apple and Amazon Cut It Off
The conservative social network Parler was on track to be forced offline late Saturday after both Amazon and Apple cut the platform off. Amazon announced late Saturday that it had suspended the platform from its web hosting service, shortly after Apple had removed it from its App Store over the company’s failure to curb violent threats by users. Google had also axed the platform from the Play Store a day earlier. Parler CEO John Matze issued a statement late Saturday blasting what he called a “coordinated attack by the tech giants” and acknowledging that the network could “be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch.”In the wake of Wednesday’s riot in the Capitol building, President Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, and a large number of conservatives had decamped from mainstream social media sites for Parler, which promised absolute free speech. When users threatened violence and were largely not censored, however, web hosting services began to crack down.