Parler went offline after Amazon kept its promise to turn down the controversial social media site from its AWS web hosting service. Amazon unplugged it at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, saying Parler had not moderated its content properly and the violence invoked on the site posed a “very real risk to public safety.”
Parler CEO John Matze announced on his website early Monday that the service would likely be suspended for some time, and he called Parler his “last position on the Internet.”
“I wanted to send an update to everyone at Parler. We probably won’t stay longer than expected, “Matze wrote early Monday. “This is not due to software limitations – we have our software and the data of everyone ready to work. Rather, statements by Amazon, Google, and Apple to the press to cut off access led most of our other providers to withdraw their support for us as well. “
Matze, the self-described libertarian, said on Sunday that absolutely no one wants to do business with him and that major technology companies such as Apple and Amazon have agreed to “stifle freedom of speech” by launching Parler from their platforms.
“Every salesperson, from text messaging services to e-mail providers to our lawyers, all left us on the same day,” Marze shouted at Maria Bartiromo in a telephone interview on Sunday. Fox News.
Parler fired at the top of the Apple App store on Saturday after President Donald Trump was finally banned by Twitter, forcing his neo-fascist followers to search for an alternative social media site. On Jan. 6, Trump delivered a speech that sparked a riot in the U.S. Capitol, leaving five people dead, and Twitter said it was banning Trump from reducing the likelihood of the president inspiring more violence.
But Parler faced new pressure after a coup attempt in the Capitol to take action against extremist calls for violence, something Apple gave to the service 24 hours before it was withdrawn on Sunday.
“Well, as I said, they claim that we were somehow responsible for, you know, what they call the Sixth Uprising, which, you know, we never allowed violence … we never allowed any of the these things on our platforms, ”Matze said.
You know, we’ve never allowed any of these things on our platform. And we don’t even have a way to coordinate an event on our platform, so they somehow want to make us responsible. “
To be clear, Apple has never blamed Parler for the January 6 violence. The company, like dozens of others, has just been alarmed that allowing pro-fascist speech on its platforms could literally inspire a coup and down properly elected US government leaders, such as President-elect Joe Biden.
Bartiromo entered a strange tangent to Trump’s attempt to legislate to destroy Section 230, something Matze had previously opposed. But Matze now says he believes section 230 should be removed, a strange position for someone tasked with moderating a website where he could potentially be prosecuted without section 230.
Matze also touched on Amazon’s threats to launch Parler on Sunday, complaining that it didn’t have enough time to find alternative hosting.
“Amazon is the largest cloud storage provider in the world and we use them to host our servers, you know hundreds of them, hundreds of servers. And they gave us … basically they said you have 24 hours to get all your data and find new servers, “Mace told Bartiromo.
“So, do you know where you will find 300 to 500 servers in the 24-hour window and how you can send all the data from everyone to them in 24 hours?” This is an impossible feat. You know, we’ll do the best we can to get back online as soon as possible. But you know, that’s … there are just some things that are almost impossible. “
What kind of content will people miss now with Parler Offline? One video, which was popular before the site went offline, was made by a QAnon supporter who collected old Trump audio recordings to make the entire subtext explicitly neo-fascist.
“January 20 will be remembered as the day people became rulers of this nation again,” the video said, Trump said, with brilliant graphics of things like “the time has come.”
Oddly enough, this is the real thing Trump said, but it was from his infamous first inauguration on January 20, 2017. The video ended with a January 20, 2021 United States schedule and the QAnon WWG1WGA slogan that stands for Where We Go One, We Go All.
Parler also had content like this post from Milo Yiannopoulos, an extreme right-wing troll who was launched by Twitter in 2016 for harassment.
Parler is partly owned by Fox News personality Dan Bongino, a fact that was never mentioned during Matze’s interview with Bartiromo on Sunday. Parler also took money from Rebecca Mercer, a far-right financier of pro-Trump radicalism. Mercer is also the daughter of Robert Mercer, co-founder of Cambridge Analytica.
While Matze’s company is obviously fighting for its life, Parler is probably also fighting bad management. You see, the Matze is not the brightest light bulb, as they say. When Matze described how he felt on Sunday, he summed it up well.
“It’s not just scary, it’s actually extremely scary,” Matze said.
Correction: This article originally included a typo in the QAnon slogan. The real slogan is “Where we go one, we all go”, not “Where we go one, we all do”, a much funnier sounding slogan, to be honest. Gizmodo regrets the mistake.