After Amazon fulfilled its promise to remove the controversial social media site from its AWS web hosting service, Parler has gone offline. Amazon unplugged it at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, saying that Parler had not properly reviewed its content and that the violence called for on the site “posed a very real risk to public safety.”
Parler CEO John Matze announced on his website earlier on Monday that the service may be interrupted for a period of time. He called Parler “the last stop on the Internet.”
“I want to send an update to everyone in Parler. Matze wrote earlier Monday. “This is not due to software restrictions. We have prepared our software and everyone’s data. To be precise, the announcements by Amazon, Google and Apple in the press about abandoning access caused most other vendors to also give up support for us. “
Matze, a self-proclaimed liberal, said on Sunday that absolutely no one wants to do business with him, and that large technology companies such as Apple and Amazon are colluding to “strangle freedom of speech” by launching Parler from their platforms.
“From SMS services to email providers to our lawyers, every provider abandoned us on the same day,” Marze complained to Maria Bartiromo in a telephone interview on Sunday Fox News.
After President Donald Trump was permanently banned from using Twitter, Parler ascended to the top of the Apple App store on Saturday, leading his neo-fascist followers to search for alternative social media sites. Trump gave a speech on January 6, causing riots in the U.S. Capitol and killing five people. Twitter said that it prohibits Trump from reducing the possibility of the president inciting more violence.
But after the Capitol tried to launch a coup to suppress violent extremist calls, Paller faced new pressure. Apple had provided 24-hour service before canceling the service on Sunday.
“Well, like I said, they claimed that we were responsible for the sixth rebellion in some way. You know, we never allowed violence… We never allowed any violence. Matze said.
As you know, we have never allowed any such content on the platform. Moreover, we don’t even have a way to coordinate activities on the platform, so they somehow hold us accountable. “
To be clear, Apple has never attributed the violence on January 6 to Parler. The company, like dozens of other companies, is shocked by the fact that allowing pro-fascist remarks on its platform will actually inspire a coup d’état and bring back officially elected leaders of the US government, such as President-elect Joe Bye Board.
Bartiromo created a strange tangent to Trump’s attempt to legislate to destroy Article 230, which Matze previously opposed. But Matze now says that he thinks Article 230 should be repealed, which is a weird position for the person responsible for managing the website. Without Article 230, he may be held criminally liable.
Matze also talked about Amazon’s threat to launch Parler on Sunday, complaining that he did not have enough time to find an alternative host.
“Amazon is the world’s largest cloud storage provider, and we use them to host our servers (hundreds of servers, hundreds of servers). They gave us…Basically, they said you have 24 hours to get all the data and find a new server,” Matze told Bartiromo.
“So, you know, you want to find 300 to 500 servers within a 24-hour window. How do you send everyone’s data to them within 24 hours? This is an impossible feat. You will know that we will do our best Yes, get back online as soon as possible. But, you know, this is…some things are almost impossible.”
What will people miss if they use Parler offline now? Supporters of QAnon made a video that was popular before the site went offline. He cut Trump’s old saying into small pieces to make all sub-lines clearly become neo-fascist texts.
The video shows Trump saying: “People will once again become the day when the people become the rulers of this country on January 20.”
Strangely, Trump was telling the truth, but this started with his infamous first inauguration (January 20, 2017). The video ends with a picture of the United States on January 20, 2021 and the QAnon tagline WWG1WGA. For where we go, we Go All.
Parler also has similar content, such as a message from the far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos, who initiated the harassment from Twitter in 2016.
Parler is partly owned by Fox News character Dan Bongino, a fact that was never mentioned in Matze’s interview with Bartiromo on Sunday. Peller also took money from Rebekah Mercer, the right-wing financial family who pro-Trump’s radicalism. Mercer is also the daughter of Robert Mercer, co-founder of Cambridge Analytica.
While Matze’s company is clearly fighting for his own life, Parler may also struggle due to poor management. You will find that Matze is not the brightest light bulb, as they say. When Matze described his mood on Sunday, he summed it up well.
Matze said: “It’s not only scary, it’s actually very scary.”
Correction: This article originally contained a typo in QAnon’s slogan. The real slogan is “Where are we going, where are we going”, not “Where are we going, we are going to do it”. To be honest, this is a much more interesting slogan. Gizmodo regrets this error.