The decision took effect at 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday (6.59 p.m. AEDT Monday), shutting down Parler’s website and app until it can find a new hosting provider.
Parler CEO John Matze said the site “will probably be down longer than expected.”
“Most of the people with enough servers to host us have closed their doors to us,” he reportedly wrote on his Parler profile.
In a letter obtained by CNN Business that was sent to Parler’s chief policy officer, Amy Peikoff, on Saturday, Amazon Web Services said that in recent weeks it has informed Parler of 98 examples of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence”.
The letter includes screenshots of various examples.
“We have seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” wrote AWS.
“It is clear that Parler does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS terms of service.”
The letter continued: “AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for himself what content he will allow on his site.
“However, we cannot provide services to a customer who cannot effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.
“Because Parler cannot meet our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account.”
The sweep threatens to isolate Parler from his entire audience.
Not only will new users not be able to find Parler in the two largest app stores on the internet, but even those who have already downloaded the app will not be able to use it because they will not be able to communicate with Parler’s servers on AWS.
In fact, Parler CEO John Matze warned that removing rigs could lead to service disruptions.
After Amazon kicks the company off its web host, Parler’s website could be offline for a week while “we rebuild from scratch,” Matze said in a post on its platform.
“We will do our best to switch to a new supplier at this time as we have so many competing for our business,” Matze continued.
Matze accused Amazon of trying to “completely eliminate freedom of expression from the Internet.”
The reveal of Amazon’s decision came shortly after Apple removed Parler from its app store.
“[T]there is no place on our platform here for threats of violence and illegal activities, “the iPhone maker said of its move.
Apple notified Parler of its decision in a message saying it had violated the terms of the company’s app store.
“The processes that Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal content have proven insufficient,” Apple told Parler.
“Specifically, we have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite illegal actions in violation of Guideline 1.1 – Security – Objectionable Content.”
Apple’s ad said that Parler’s responses to a previous warning were inadequate, including Parler’s defense that he had been taking violent rhetoric on his platform “very seriously for weeks” and that he had a moderation plan “for him. moment, “according to Apple.
“Parler has failed to take adequate steps to address the proliferation of these threats to human safety,” Apple said in a statement to CNN Business.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved.”
Apple’s decision followed a similar move by Google on Friday to remove Parler from the Google Play Store.
Matze wrote in a message on his platform that Apple will “ban Parler until we renounce freedom of speech, establish broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook, and become a surveillance platform by pursuing the blame of those who use Parler rather than innocence “.
“They claim it is due to violence on the platform,” Matze wrote about Apple, whom he also accused of being a “software monopoly,” a particularly relevant attack at this time given an ongoing antitrust lawsuit against Apple by the manufacturer. from Fortnite, Epic Games.
“The community disagrees, as today we reached number one in their store.”
Matze promised to share “more details on our next plans soon as we have so many options.”