President Trump was fired from most mass social media platforms after the siege of his Capitol supporters in the United States. But it remains to be seen how quickly or where – if any – on the Internet he will be able to reach his followers.
The far-right Parler was the leading candidate, at least until Google and Apple removed it from their app stores and Amazon launched it from its web hosting service shortly after midnight Pacific time on Monday.
Parler has been unavailable online since 4:30 p.m. EST.
The two-year-old far-right magnet claims more than 12 million users, although mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower estimates the number at 10 million worldwide, with 8 million in the United States on Twitter.
Still, Parler may be attractive to Mr. Trump, as his sons Eric and Don Jr. are already active there.
Parler hit a headwind on Friday when Google ripped its smartphone app from its app store to allow publications seeking to “incite continued violence in the U.S.” Apple followed suit Saturday night after giving Parler 24 hours to respond to the complaints with which it was used. facilitate further illegal and dangerous activities. “Public safety issues will have to be resolved before they can be restored,” Apple said.
Amazon struck another blow on Saturday, informing Parler that it will have to look for a new web hosting service in effect at midnight on Sunday. In a letter reminiscent for the first time from Buzzfeed, Parler recalled that in the last few weeks he had informed him of 98 examples of publications “which clearly encourage and incite violence” and said that the platform “poses a very real risk to public safety”. .
Parler CEO John Matze described the penalties as “a coordinated attack by technology giants to kill competition in the market.” We were very successful too quickly, “he said in a post on Saturday night, adding that Parler may not be available for up to a week” while recovering from scratch. “
“Every salesperson, from text messaging services to email providers, to our lawyers, also left us on the same day,” Mace said on Sunday’s Fox New Channel Sunday Morning Futures. He said that while the company is trying to get back online as soon as possible, it “has a lot of problems because every vendor we talk to says it won’t work with us because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t do not approve, they will not. “
The loss of access to Google and Apple’s app stores, whose operating systems power hundreds of millions of smartphones, severely limits Parler’s access, although it continues to be accessible through a web browser. The loss of Amazon Web Services means that Parler must go up to find another web host in addition to reengineering.
Meanwhile, another site widely used by the far right, Gab.com, has apparently taken advantage of Parler’s problems. Gab tweeted earlier Monday that “it has gained more users in the last 2 days than we have in the first two years of our existence.”
While initially arguing for the need to be speech-neutral, Twitter and Facebook gradually succumbed to public pressure, outlining the line, especially when the so-called pandemic video appeared at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, urging people not to wear masks. noted Civil Media Professor Ethan Zuckerman of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Zuckerman expects that Trump’s deplatform could spur important online change. Among them is an possible ideological fragmentation of the world of social media.
“Trump will attract a lot of audiences wherever he goes,” he said. This could mean more platforms with a smaller, more ideologically isolated audience.
Mr. Trump may also launch his own platform. But that won’t happen overnight, and free speech experts expect growing pressure on all social media platforms to curb inflammatory speech as Americans take stock of the US Capitol’s violent takeover by a mob instigated by Trump.