Parler goes offline after Amazon pulls the plug on web services

Amazon suspended Parler’s account last weekend

Google banned Parler's smartphone app from its app store on Friday, also citing Parler's allowance of posts that seek to incite violence in the United States.

Apple and Google pulled Parler from their app stores late last week and Amazon took it offline on Monday when it stopped providing web hosting services, citing the failure of Talking to remove a wave of unsafe content "which encourages and incites violence against others".

The existential problems for Parler come as federal law enforcement continues to make arrests related to the violent January 6 intrusion of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. Trump allies such as attorney Rudy Guiliani and the president's son Eric Trump also joined the platform, as did conservative media such as Epoch Times and Breitbart News and prominent Republicans including Senator Ted Cruz.

In a letter to Parler's owners, the web giant said it would suspend service by 11:59 PM on Sunday (0759 GMT Monday).

Why has Parler been taken offline? Losing Amazon Web Services means Parler needs a new web host and must re-engineer its platform.

In the filing, Parler claimed that "AWS's decision is apparently motivated by political animus".

Within days of Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, Apple over the weekend removed Parler from its App Store and Google removed it from its Android app store, Google Play. Reached by phone, McBride said that he was unaffiliated with Groesbeck's law firm and that Groesbeck no longer rents the home listed on the lawsuit.

The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday over ties to last week's siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before digital activists made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped organize or document the riot.

"We've seen this coming for a while", Ben Decker, founder and CEO of Memetica, a company that provides intelligence and risk advisory services regarding harassment, disinformation, and violent extremism, told ABC News. The guidelines advise users to "not purposefully share rumors about other users/people you know are false", but do not mention other policies against misinformation.

Coleman said Trump loyalists are likely to find other ways to communicate, such as encrypted messaging apps or old-fashioned email lists, but only if they already knew where to find like-minded groups.



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