Okta co-founder and CEO Todd McKinnon (Todd McKinnon) defended the company’s decision to disconnect from the social network Parler on Wednesday after a deadly pro-Trump riot was held in the U.S. Capitol last week.
In an interview with CNBC’s “The Bell”, McKinnon criticized Paller for not doing enough to regulate posts on his platform, and rejected people’s concerns about his restrictions on freedom of expression.
“We are very, very supportive of freedom of speech. In fact, we have clients in the political field, including news organizations, candidates, and we believe in that.”
McKinnon added: “We don’t believe in illegal activities and platforms that support illegal activities. In this case, it’s clear that Paller is not even trying to suppress terrorist threats, inciting violence, or planning terrorism.” Is our bottom line.”
Okta announced its decision to terminate Parler’s access to the software in a tweet in the early hours of Sunday morning. It claims that the alternative social network is using a free trial version of its product, which attracts conservative users but also has far-right extremists.
McKinnon said that San Francisco-based Okta would not expect companies that use its services to be “perfect” in content moderation, as long as they work hard and have a policy to comply with the law.
A screenshot of the Parler app viewed by users of the CNBC show was posted citing the shooting, along with the call to bring weapons to the swearing-in of office next week, President-elect Biden.
After Amazon Web Services announced that it would no longer provide cloud services to Parler, Okta took action on the grounds that “violent content” on the platform violated AWS’s terms of service.
In response, Paller sued Amazon and accused the Seattle-based company of violating antitrust laws. An Amazon spokesperson previously told CNBC that Paller’s claims were baseless.
Google and Apple also removed the Parler app from their app stores. Apple declined to take a stance similar to McKinnon, saying Paller failed to take “appropriate measures to counter the proliferation of threats on its platform.”
Parler is offline, and its founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement on Monday that the shutdown may last “longer than expected.” It was first launched in 2018.
Matze wrote: “This is not due to software restrictions-we have prepared our software, everyone’s data can be used.” “On the contrary, Amazon, Google and Apple issued a statement in the media about giving up access rights. This has caused most of our other manufacturers to give up their support.”
Parler did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for McKinnon’s comment.
— CNBC’s Annie Palmer (Annie Palmer) contributed to this report.