The move by Amazon Web Services, or AWS, marks the latest and most crippling blow to a Trump-backed social network that has become a haven for conservative users fleeing more massive Silicon Valley sites fighting harmful viral fakes. online. Earlier this week, Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their smartphone download stores, similarly citing fears that Parler posts could contribute to violence.
Amazon did not respond immediately to a request for comment. A person familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that AWS had announced his suspension to Parler on Saturday.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.
Parler also did not respond to a request for comment. But CEO John Matze said in a post on his website that the social network may soon be “unavailable on the Internet for up to a week while we recover from scratch.”
Troubling the technology giants, Parler users in recent days have praised the crowd that blocked the Capitol in the middle of the week, threatening a potential “war.” Meanwhile, pro-Trump lawyer L. Lynn Wood at one point called on Trump’s “patriot” supporters of Parler to continue fighting, saying, “Almighty God is with you. TODAY IS OUR DAY. “
Historically, Parler has used an aggressive approach to content moderation. It usually works using a “community jury” system that allows trained volunteers to vote in posts to determine if they are violating the site’s rules. Otherwise, the Parler guidelines promise to limit any removal to an “absolute minimum”, in the spirit of allowing users to govern themselves, except where there is “explicit or implicit encouragement to use violence” or illegal activity. .
On Saturday, Matze fired technology giants to engage in a “coordinated effort” designed to “do the most harm since President Trump was banned by technology companies,” citing Twitter’s recent decision to permanently remove Trump from concerns that his tweets threaten to stir up violence during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
Parler’s suspension was first announced by BuzzFeed News.
Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg contributed to this story.