Amazon to suspend Parler after deadly Capitol Hill riot | Social Media News

Amazon will join Apple and Google in suspending social media platform Parler for failing to prevent incitement to violence.

Amazon announced it would suspend Parler, a social media platform popular with right-wing users that was previously banned by Apple and Google for failing to prevent the spread of “threats of violence” after a deadly riot at the Capitol. the United States.

In an email from Amazon Web Services to Talk, First reported per BuzzFeed News, Amazon said it plans to suspend Speak from 07:59 GMT on Monday because it poses a “very real risk to public safety.”

“We have seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violate our Terms of Service,” read the email, the content of which was confirmed by Amazon to news agencies Reuters and AFP.

Amazon also said there was a “serious risk that this type of content could further incite violence.”

The move effectively takes Parler offline unless it can find a new company to host its services.

Right-wing supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, flocked to Parler after deadly violence in Washington, DC, on January 6.

The site is also seen as a haven for conservative and right-wing groups who accuse big social media companies such as Twitter or Facebook of censoring their posts.

Five people, including a local police officer, died in connection with the pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill, which took place as Congress voted to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

The deadly violence sent shockwaves across the world and sparked calls for accountability and a full investigation into what happened.

Dozens of alleged participants have been arrested and some US lawmakers are also pushing for Trump, who incited his supporters at a rally in Washington, DC before the riot, to be held accountable.

For his part, Trump slammed his permanent suspension from Twitter and promised to get back online soon.

“We have been negotiating with various other sites and will have a big announcement soon, while we are also looking into the possibilities of creating our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENT!” he said in a statement on Jan. 8.

Google removed Talk from its app store on Friday for allowing posts that seek to “incite continued violence in the United States.”

Apple followed suit, saying Saturday night that it had given Parler 24 hours to address complaints that it was being used to “plan and facilitate yet more illegal and dangerous activities.”

Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) which tracks the far right, said white supremacist and far-right groups celebrated the riot as the start of a “revolution”.

“There’s no way to instantly demobilize this movement, so we can probably expect more mass protests and violence,” Miller told Al Jazeera.

Meanwhile, Parler founder John Matze has confirmed on his profile that the network may be down “up to a week” as he searches for a new host.

Matze also blasted Amazon, Google and Apple, saying Parler was under “a coordinated attack by tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace.”

“You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out,” he said.