Tech giants Amazon, Apple and Google have decided to cut ties with Parler on Sunday January 10. While the popular social network of Donald Trump supporters has never been so popular, it will have to find new partners willing to host its data by Monday at 9 a.m. (French time) – when Amazon ceases its services – to continue to operate.
The Big Three accuse the platform of continuing to relay messages of incitement to violence after fans of the president stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
While Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitch suspended the profile of the tenant of the White House, many fans of the American president rushed in the wake of conservative platforms like Parler or Gab.
In the aftermath of Twitter’s decision to permanently delete Donald Trump’s account, Parler was still the most downloaded application in the United States on the Apple platform on Saturday. Launched in 2018, the social network works a bit like Twitter, with profiles to follow and “parlys” instead of tweets. The application has welcomed many new subscribers in recent days, upset by Twitter’s decision to ban Donald Trump. Thus, Google decided on Friday evening to withdraw Parler from its application download platform due to the presence of messages. “inciting violence” and an overly lax moderation policy. Apple followed suit on Saturday night.
However, Amazon’s decision directly threatens Parler’s presence online. And his boss is not very optimistic. “All of our partners, those who manage the texts, emails, our lawyers, let us down the same day “John Matze explained in a Fox News interview on Sunday. “We’re going to do everything we can to get back online as quickly as possible but all the suppliers we contact tell us that they don’t want to work with us if Apple or Google doesn’t approve “, he explained. And it’s hard to find “300 to 500 computer servers in 24 hours”.
Based in Henderson, Nevada, Parler was started by John Matze, a computer engineer, and Rebekah Mercer, a major donor to the Republican Party. The platform attracted especially at its beginnings ultra-conservative fringes, even extreme-right. But it is now welcoming more traditional Republican voices.