Tech giants erase Parler, the Trumpistas’ social network

A Trump supporter, in the office of Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

Parler, the social network used by Trump supporters, has been removed from the Apple Store this Saturday, while Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that it will stop hosting its servers from Monday.

This new platform is based on the lack of moderation of content, which has led to it being used to spread conspiracy theories or other purposes such as the assault on the United States Capitol last Wednesday.

This Friday, Google had been the first major platform to remove the application from its store due to the lack of a moderation policy in the publications, which violated its terms of service, since too many messages were inciting “to hatred and violence“according to ‘The New York Times’. For the same reasons, Apple gave the platform 24 hours to make changes to its policy before suspending it.

The latest to join this series of setbacks has been AWS, the web hosting service of Jeff Bezos’ company, which has announced that it will stop hosting the social network’s servers after midnight this Sunday. Amazon has stressed that it has sent 98 examples of content that incited violence and had not been deleted to the social network. Now, Parler will have to find another web host in that time frame or the app will stop working.

The CEO of the company, John Matze, has accused the big technologies of “wanting to kill the competition” and has assured that he has “a lot of work to make sure that everyone’s data is not erased from the Internet in the next 24 hours”.

The deletion of the main Parler app stores is the latest in a series of actions that big tech companies have taken to eliminate the messages and accounts close to the president of the United States, Donald Trump, inciting violence.

On Friday, Reddit and Discord deleted several such communities, while Twitter permanently suspended the president’s account and that of his campaign in a move that has reignited the debate on the power of platforms over public debate.


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