Parler is now silenced; Amazon pulled the plug last night. The CEO of Parler says that they are having trouble getting another company to host them. Anyone with enough server capacity has joined with Amazon, Apple and Google to make sure that they are silenced. Even their attorneys have severed their relationship with Parler.
John Matze, the founder and CEO, said in a statement on Monday that the Parler app will be down “longer than expected” because other cloud hosting companies do not want to work with Parler in light of the press statements issued by Amazon, Google and Apple.
“We will likely be down longer than expected,” wrote Matze. “This is not due to software restrictions — we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well.”
He added: “Most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online.”
The irony is Amazon’s reasoning for withdrawing their services is enough to make your head spin around. Listen to this:
AWS told Parler in the email that it had flagged 98 examples to Parler of posts that “clearly encourage and incite violence.” Among the posts it reported to Parler, which were viewed by CNBC, users on the platform made violent threats directed at “liberal leaders, liberal activists #blm leaders and supporters,” in addition to other groups.
Matze condemned the tech giants’ moves in a series of posts on Parler over the weekend, claiming that his platform had removed its violent content and adding that its community guidelines don’t allow Parler to be knowingly used for criminal activity.
In other words, Amazon is holding Parler responsible for what users post, even though they are protected – just as Twitter, Facebook and all other social media companies are – because they are not publishers, and even though their terms of service do not allow criminal activities on their site.
Having seen what I have on Twitter – posts by the Ayatollah of Iran and the Chinese government, as well as outright pornography – isn’t it time to withdraw government protection for ALL social media companies?
There is no reason why social media organizations that pick & choose which speech they allow to be protected by the liability protections in 47 US Code Section 230.
230 must be repealed.