Amazon announced on Saturday that Parler has cancelled its web hosting service. Parler, a social network favored by conservative politicians and extremists, was used to help plan and coordinate the attempted coup in Washington, DC on January 6. Recently, there has been a flood of news encouraging the “Patriots” to march toward Washington with weapons on January 19.
Amazon’s suspension of Parler’s account means that unless the ban can find another host, the ban will take effect on Sunday and Parler will be offline.
Amazon declined to comment on the suspension. Parler has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Republican lawmakers including Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Devin Nunes, as well as the family and agents of President Donald Trump have established accounts in Paller. And openly encourage its supporters to join there. There are also many figures in conservative media.
In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Trust and Security Team told Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff that the call to spread violence across Parler violated its terms of service, and Amazon does not believe that the service’s use plan volunteers to mitigate This kind of thing will be effective.
“Recently, we have seen a steady increase in this type of violent content on your website, all of which violate our terms. Obviously, Parler has not followed the effective process of AWS Terms of Service.”
After the platform failed to launch a moderation plan to protect public safety, on Saturday afternoon, Apple banned Parler from entering its App Store. BuzzFeed News first reported that on Friday, Apple gave Parler 24 hours to ease the “illegal and dangerous activity plan” that occurred when the service or faced expulsion. Google also disabled Parler from its Google Play app store.
This is the complete letter from Amazon to Paller.
Thank you for talking to us earlier today.
As we discussed on the phone yesterday and this morning, we are still troubled by repeated violations of our terms of service. In the past few weeks, we have reported 98 posts to Parler that clearly encourage and incite violence. Here are some examples we sent before: [See images above.]
Recently, we have discovered that violent content on your site is increasing steadily, and all of these actions violate our terms. Obviously, Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS Terms of Service. It seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content review. When we or others contact you, you will delete some violent content, but it is not always urgent. Your CEO recently publicly stated that he “does not take any responsibility for this, and the platform should not be held responsible for this.” This morning, you shared that you have a plan to alleviate violent content more proactively, but plan to do it manually with volunteers. We believe that, given the rapid increase in the number of violent posts, this new plan to use volunteers to quickly identify and remove dangerous content will not work. You still have not deleted many of the content we sent you, which further proves this. In view of the unfortunate incident in Washington, DC last week, this kind of content poses a serious risk of further violent behavior.
AWS provides technology and services to customers in various political fields, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to decide on its own what content will be allowed on its website. However, we are unable to provide services to customers who cannot effectively identify and delete acts that encourage or incite violence against others. Since Parler is unable to comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account from 11:59 PM PST on January 10 (Sunday). We will ensure that all data is kept for you to migrate to your own server, and we will try our best to cooperate with you to help you with the migration.
-AWS Trust and Security Team