Parler isn’t coming back any time soon after the social media site favored by right-wing posters was blocked by Amazon and banned from Google and Apple’s app stores.
“We will likely be down longer than expected,” CEO John Matze wrote on the controversial app Monday before it went offline.
“This is not due to software restrictions — we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us.”
Amazon Web Services booted Parler off its servers last week after the attempted coup at the Capitol, a move that Matze called “a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”
A spokesperson for AWS told Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff that it had reported 98 examples to Parler of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence,” according to an email obtained by CNN.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” AWS wrote. “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”
The suspension went into place early Monday morning and Parler’s entire service is now offline.
Google and Apple both also blocked Parler from their app stores.
“Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety”, Apple said in a statement Saturday.