Parler’s alternative social media platform fell early Monday after Amazon Web Services decided to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service following the Capitol riot in the United States on Wednesday.
CEO John Matze told consumers to “wait and go back” as the company figured out how to move forward during an interview with “Morning with Maria”
APPLE AND GOOGLE STOP PARLER FROM THEIR APP STORES
“Everyone has to stay and come back,” Matze said. “We may have to buy and build our own data centers and buy our own servers if we have to go back to the Internet, you know, but there is a risk associated with that, what the providers are doing, as far as get rid of us. “
“This will be devastating for our business, our model, our potential for raising future capital,” he continued. “This can happen to any company at any time.”
Google suspended Parler from the app store on Friday due to a failure to moderate “delightful content” posted by users in connection with the violent siege of Capitol Hill last week.
Parler has faced criticism over Wednesday’s riot, which saw President Trump’s supporters storm the US Capitol, attack police, vandalize the building and steal items inside.
Screenshots taken by Parler and shared on other social media platforms show Parler users openly discussing plans for violence during the rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol, including carrying weapons and an idea of how they would use them against their political opponents. .
“No one has provided reliable information or evidence that you know there are any issues at Parler that do not exist on other platforms,” Matze said Monday. “It’s really a double standard. … We see all sorts of nasty threatening content on Twitter, a lot more of it actually, in our opinion, and in fact a lot of content that was deleted by Parler still remains on Twitter for that day in the form of screenshots. So I don’t understand if you know what this is really about. Because it’s not about forcing everyone to answer equally. It’s about giving preferential treatment to certain people. “
Amazon says the move was made to violate the terms of Amazon Web Services, as it fails to effectively deal with the steady rise in violent content, according to an email from an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters .
An Amazon spokesman confirmed that the letter was authentic.
Like Google, Apple stopped Parler from its App Store, although it climbed to the top of the free apps section earlier in the day.
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Meanwhile, Gab, another innovative social media platform, congratulated Matze and Parler users while the site was down.
“We welcome John Matze, Dan Bongino and everyone at Parler to speak freely to Gab as they work to bring the platform back online,” Gab wrote on his official Twitter account.
Fox Business’s Talia Kaplan, Audrey Conklin, James Leggate and Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.