(FiveNation)- Alternative social media platform Parler, which promises freedom of speech for users targeted by draconian and biased censorship policies by Twitter, Facebook, and other mainstream platforms, was taken down after a coordinated attack by Big Tech last week.
Over the weekend, Amazon pulled access to its Web Services for Parler, meaning the site had no server access and was unable to operate even through traditional web browser access. It followed decisions by Google and Apple to pull the application from their mobile app stores.
The decision to pull Parler from Amazon Web Services was almost immediately countered with a lawsuit from Parler, accusing the massive tech company of breaking anti-trust laws.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the complaint from Parler says. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
Amazon, however, claimed there was no merit to the claims…despite the pulling of Amazon Web Services to Parler being motivated by political comments made by users of the platform.
“AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow. However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service,” Amazon claims.
However, this inaccuracy was exposed when Apple first gave Parler a warning that their app would be pulled from the App Store. When Apple gave examples of users calling for violence on the app, Parler executives responded by explaining how that content had already been removed.
Parler has the same policy as all other social media platforms when it comes to violence – it isn’t allowed.
Parler has been in operation since 2018, while fellow social media alternative Gab has been in operation since August 2016. The network, which is often inaccurately labeled a “far-right network,” managed to stay online by securing its own server systems that cannot be taken down.
For Parler to stay online, its execs must find either a new host or purchase a new server system that cannot be canceled.
As Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube all declare war on conservative speech, several other competing platforms are vying for the attention of non-radical-leftists. Among them are Parler and Gab, as well as Minds, Clouthub, and Rumble.