Parler CEO says social media app may not return

Parler CEO says social media app may not return

January 14, 2021

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Parler CEO John Matze said his controversial social media platform may never get back online after major service providers accused it of failing to police violent content and booted it from their networks, according to a report.

Matze said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday that he didn’t know when, or if, the fledgling outfit would be back.

“It could be never. We don’t know yet,” he said, but later sounded a more optimistic note.

“It may take days, it may take weeks but Parler will return and when we do we will be stronger,” Parler told the news outlet.

On Tuesday, the CEO slammed efforts to silence his app as “sick” and “evil,” saying the actions tech companies have taken against Parler went against the spirit of the Constitution.

“I think it’s sick,” Matze told Fox News. “That’s not what the Constitution said. That’s not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million US voters from the internet, barring people from free speech.”

Parler’s users have been unable to access the Twitter-like platform since Amazon Web Services booted the site from its servers early Monday.

Apple and Google likewise pulled Parler from their app stores last week over the company’s alleged failure to remove threats of violence that its users posted.

The two-year-old company — which has come under scrutiny in the aftermath of last week’s riots at the US Capitol — has filed a lawsuit accusing Amazon Web Services of breach of contract and violating an antitrust law over its decision to stop hosting the site.

In response, AWS said it repeatedly warned Parler about its users’ violent posts and that the company failed to promptly remove them.

In his interview with Reuters, Matze said Parler was talking to more than one cloud computing service but declined to divulge names, citing the likelihood that the companies involved would be harassed.

He said the best outcome would be if the app could return to Amazon.com Inc.

“It’s hard to keep track of how many people are telling us that we can no longer do business with them,” Matze said.

He said the app also was kicked from online payments service Stripe and lost its Scylla Enterprise database, as well as access to Twilio and workplace messaging app Slack.

He also said it was booted by American Express, but the company said it did not have a direct merchant relationship with Parler, according to Reuters.

ScyllaDB and Twilio told the outlet that Parler violated their policies over violent content. Slack and Stripe did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

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