Some Amazon officials have called on the company to be the next technology giant to cut the controversial Parler social media platform.
Amazon’s Climate Justice staff posted a tweet overnight asking “Amazon to refuse Parler’s services until it removes violent posts, including during the president’s inauguration.”
“We cannot be complicit in more bloodshed and violent attacks on democracy,”
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AWS’s Acceptable Use Policy prohibits customers from using its services for “illegal, harmful or offensive” content. Amazon officials did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox Business.
Parler has faced criticism over Wednesday’s riot, which saw President Trump’s supporters storming the US Capitol, attacking police, vandalizing the building and stealing 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 imagining how they would use them against their political opponents.
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Google has already suspended the Parler app from its Play Store, and Apple has also threatened to remove the Parler app from the App Store unless the platform improves its moderation, Fox News reported.
“We are aware of the ongoing publication in the Parler application, which is trying to incite ongoing violence in the United States,” a Google spokesman told Fox News.
In a series of publications in Parler, its CEO John Matze criticized Google for removing it and Apple for also threatening to ban its application. He claims that the organization of violence in the Capitol took place in groups on Facebook, not in Parler.
“Most people at Parler are nonviolent people who want to share their opinions, food photos and more,” he wrote.
A Parler spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from Fox Business.
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The ban on the Google Play Store does not affect users who have already downloaded the application. And Parler is still available online. Banning AWS could potentially have much more significant effects on the company.
Amazon Web Services is a giant in cloud computing. It provides hosting, security and other services to millions of customers. In the first nine months of 2020, Amazon’s subsidiary had more than $ 32.6 billion in sales.
There is a precedent for Amazon to interrupt an AWS client over hosted content. In 2010, the company stopped working with WikiLeaks, noting that the organization did not own the rights to the content of its site and that these unedited documents would put “innocent people” at risk.
“We have been running AWS for more than four years and have hundreds of thousands of customers storing all kinds of AWS data,” Amazon said in a written statement at the time. “Some of these data are contradictory and that is perfectly good. But when companies or people start providing and storing large amounts of data that are not rightfully theirs, and publish that data without guaranteeing that they will not hurt others, it is a violation of our terms of service and people have to work elsewhere. . “
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But the company also opposed calls from employees to stop working with certain customers due to ethical issues. In 2019, some Amazon employees asked AWS to stop providing cloud computing services to Palantir due to the work Palantir is doing on immigration and customs enforcement.
“The world is watching the abuse of ICE concentration camps develop,” Amazon officials wrote in a letter to Business Insider. “We know that our company must and can work better.”
Amazon has apparently refused to respond to employee demand. AWS still identifies Palantir as a “partner” on its website.