Will Parler stay online???
Parler has dropped offline after Amazon pulled support for its so-called “free speech” social network.
The platform had been reliant on the tech giant’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service to provide its alternative to Twitter.
It is popular among supporters of Donald Trump, although the president is not a user.
Amazon took the action after finding dozens of posts on the service which it said encouraged violence.
Google and Apple had already removed Parler from their app stores towards the end of last week saying it had failed to comply with their content-moderation requirements.
However, it had still been accessible via the web – although visitors had complained of being unable to create new accounts over the weekend, without which it was not possible to view its content.
‘All ditched us’
Parler has been online since 2018, and may return if it can find an alternative host.
However, chief executive John Matze told Fox News on Sunday that “every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too”.
“We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible, but we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t,” he added.
My thinking is: they’re going to have a really hard time staying online, and they’re going to have a much harder time staying relevant.
They’ve been banned from cellphones – both by Apple and Google – which creates a really difficult situation, given that the majority of people use the internet on their phones.
Fox & Friends says it's "scary" that Parler was removed from Amazon, Google, and Apple (and their attorneys quit), with no mention that white supremacists used Parler to explicitly and publicly plan for violence at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/OqyVCifoKm
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 11, 2021
If it can happen to Parler it can happen to any business.
— Dean Browning (@DeanBrowningPA) January 11, 2021
Is this the United States or communist China. Parler shut down. Censorship at its finest.
— Jodi Schad (@jodilynn1267) January 11, 2021
amazon finally shut down parler’s servers last night pic.twitter.com/rHqzlpaR0C
— auntie histamine (@misssssnique) January 11, 2021
They will probably end up in a situation like Stormer was in during the 2017 crackdown, where they are up sometimes and down sometimes, and then they end up getting delisted from everything anyway.
Gab is in the same situation. I think Gab is also down right now.
Neither of these companies appears to have been very well prepared for this, which is kind of shocking. How are all of these people so incompetent? Everyone knew that game day was coming, then game day comes and they’re scurrying around like rats, not even having their own servers.
And as I said to you yesterday: they’ve got bigger problems than servers coming down the pipe. Wait until some tranny gets 100,000 retweets saying Cloudflare should pull service.