Amazon suspends Parler, social media affiliated with far Right

Amazon is kicking Parler off its web hosting servers, potentially taking the controversial social media platform off permanently unless it finds a new web host.First reported by BuzzFeed, the news was confirmed Saturday night in a post by Parler CEO John Matze.In the post, Matze explained that the site will go off Sunday at midnight as Amazon shuts down their servers.The news comes as both Google and Apple pulled the platform from its services, claiming that not enough was done to combat incitement to violence in its posts.

Right-leaning social media users in the United States have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday.This comes after the violent riots last Wednesday, which saw Trump supporters storm the US Capitol, some of whom used Parler to coordinate their efforts.In his statement, Matze blamed the ban on the app being “too successful.””We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies,” he wrote.”This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”Both Apple and Google have said the platform would need to work to show plans for moderating its content if it wanted to be reinstated.Reuters contributed to this report.

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