Parler offline following Amazon, Apple, Google bans over Capitol violence content


Protect Your Access to the Internet

Amazon , Apple and Google have banned the Parler social networking app from their services and app stores in the wake of Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. Parler has been rife with violent comments since before the attack on the Capitol, and Apple and Google say they’ll restore the app only when Parler moderates its service better.

a hand holding a cellphone: Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

© Provided by CNET
Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

Parler Chief Executive John Matze posted on his service late Saturday that Amazon had informed him it would no longer host his service on its Amazon Web Services platform. The move followed earlier announcements by Apple and Google that they removed the app from their respective app stores as well. 

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace,” Matze wrote on Saturday, adding that his service had become “too successful too fast.” He didn’t initially address his platform’s comparatively lax moderation rules or its use by extremists ahead of the Capitol Hill riot. He also didn’t mention increasing concerns that social media apps, including Parler, were being used to organize another attack in the coming weeks. 

a hand holding a cellphone

© Olivier Douliery/Getty Images

On Sunday evening, Matze added in a press statement that the company is working to improve moderation to remove prohibited content such as posts that incite or threaten violence. “Parler strives to bring people together and find common ground, peace and healing. We do not condone or accept violence on our platform and we never will,” Matze said.


Load Error

As of Monday, Parler was offline. Matze said in a statement late Sunday that Parler would be offline “longer than expected” because most of the app’s vendors had dropped support following decisions by Amazon, Apple and Google. 

Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Apple, Google banish Parler app

On Saturday, Apple said in a statement that it had banned Parler from its App Store because the app failed to appropriately police content posted by users.

Apple has “always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence…