Amazon kicked the social media network Parler off its server on Saturday evening. unless it is able to find another hosting provider, the Parler social media network is set to go offline as early as Sunday. The Parler app has become popular with conservatives and is promoted as a “free speech” alternative to other apps like Twitter.
BuzzFeed News reports “the Amazon Web Services Trust and Safety team told Parler that calls for violence that were being generate across Parler violated its terms of service and that Amazon was unconvinced that service’s plan to use volunteers to moderate such things would be effective.”
According to the email obtained by Buzzfeed, Amazon told Parler that “recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms. It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”
The email continues saying, “[W]e cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others,” the email reads. “Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST.”
Amazon joins a series of other major tech companies pulling the plug on Parler. On Saturday, Apple announced that it would ban Parler from its App Store because it said the company failed to provide a plan to properly address “the planning of illegal and dangerous activities.” In addition, Google announced it was suspending Parler from its google play App Store.
Critics of big tech on both sides of the political spectrum say these companies have become too big and must be broken up. Meanwhile, many conservatives cite Twitter’s suspension of the New York Post’s account for its reporting on Hunter Biden ahead of the election as proof that some tech companies are exerting too much influence on what can be reported.
Those supporting a “break up” of big tech in recent years argue that section 230, which allows for companies like Google and Twitter to operate while not risk being sued for content, as antiquated in the current social media environment.