Parler app has been suspended from Apple and Amazon app stores, with the accusation that the social networking service has not taken adequate measures to curb the spread of posts inciting violence. Apple and Amazon made this move following a similar ban on the app by Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday.
Following the ban on U.S. President Donald Trump by Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, Trump’s supporters took to Parler as a platform for their activities. This eventually resulted in the ban.
Apple had given Parler 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, pointing to participants’ using the service to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement on saturday, Apple said:
Amazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWS’s terms of services by not being able to handle the steady rise in violent content. This according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler. The email read:
Due to the “very real risk to public safety” that Parler poses, AWS plans to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, at 11:59 p.m
However, Parler Chief Executive John Matze has spoken out against Amazon, Google and Apple, saying that the attack was a war to kill competition in the market place, and also to kill the right to free speech.
“There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” he said in a post on Parler.