- Parler CEO John Matze claimed in court filings on Wednesday that Slack had “cancelled his company’s services.”
- Matze claimed that in a lawsuit with Amazon AWS severing its relationship with Parler, Slack cited “the decision to abandon Parler based on AWS violated their own terms of service.”
- Matze said: “The loss of Slack makes it extremely difficult to effectively enforce our terms of service with our nearly 600 volunteers and paid jury members.”
- Major technology companies including Amazon, Twilio, Apple and Google have all disconnected from Parler in recent days, and it is widely reported that thugs used the app to organize and incite violence in the U.S. Capitol last week.
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According to Parler CEO John Matze, Slack has joined the growing list of technology companies that refuse to do business with Parler.
Matze claimed in Wednesday’s court filing: “Slack Technologies provided a chat messaging system to coordinate with the Parler jury to enforce our terms of service and suddenly cancelled their service to Parler.”
Slack did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
Matze submitted the document as part of Parler’s antitrust lawsuit against Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing division of Amazon.
Following numerous reports that the mob that occupied the U.S. Capitol last week used Parler to organize and incite violence, AWS severed ties with the controversial social media company, and Parler filed a lawsuit on Monday.
Matze claimed: “The widely publicized interruption of AWS…allows the media to mislead Parler by alienating Parler’s partners,” he added, adding that when canceling the contract with Parler, Slack cited “violation of AWS’ own terms of service. The regulations decided to abandon Parler.”
Matze said in the document: “The loss of Slack has made it extremely difficult to effectively enforce our terms of service with our nearly 600 volunteers and paid jury members.”
Following the violence last week, Parler faced serious consequences as various business partners cut contact.
Apple and Google removed Parler’s app from their app stores and also cited allegations that they refused to delete violent content. Soon after, many Parler service providers, including Twilio, Okta and Zendesk, also removed Parler from their platform.
After AWS terminated the contract, Parler’s platform was shut down over the weekend, and Google Cloud, IBM and Oracle all refused to adopt Parler. According to reports, the company has invited Epik to serve, Epik is a domain registrar known for hosting correct content.
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As mainstream social media sites face increasing pressure to combat hate speech, misinformation and violent appeals, Parler has gained a notorious reputation in recent months.
After the US presidential election in November, Trump supporters flocked to other social networks, including Parler, to plan election protests, after Facebook and other websites banned groups that instigated debunking conspiracies. According to Apptopia data, from November 3 to November 9, Parler has been downloaded approximately 530,000 times in the United States.