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Amazon, Google, Apple remove right-leaning social media network Parler

Parler, an alternative social media platform, favored by right wingers was removed from Amazon Web Services on Sunday effectively kicking it off the public internet.

Earlier, Apple and Google stores banned the application for failing to remove hateful content.

Parler styles itself as “unbiased” social media and has proved popular with people banned from Twitter. Many who participated in Wednesday’s US Capitol unrest used such platforms.

Amazon Web Services in letters to Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff sent 98 examples to Parler of “posts that clearly encourage and incite violence.”

“We’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” Amazon wrote.

“AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we continue to respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow on its site. However, we cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others. Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account.”

This effectively means that its entire audience wouldn’t be able to communicate with Parler’s servers on AWS and new users wouldn’t be able to find the app on the internet’s two largest app stores.

Launched in 2018, Parler has proved particularly popular among supporters of US President Donald Trump and right-wing conservatives. Such groups have frequently accused Twitter and Facebook of unfairly censoring their views.

While Mr Trump himself is not a user, the platform already features several high-profile contributors following earlier bursts of growth in 2020.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz boasts 4.9 million followers on the platform, while Fox News host Sean Hannity has about seven million.

It briefly became the most-downloaded app in the United States after the US election, following a clampdown on the spread of election misinformation by Twitter and Facebook.

However, both Apple and Google have said the app fails to comply with content-moderation requirements.