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What is Parler and why have major tech companies suspended the social networking site…

Amazon suspended social network Parler from using its AWS on Sunday.

Amazon suspended social network Parler from using its AWS on Sunday.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspAP

Key Highlights

  • On Sunday, Amazon announced that it had banned the platform from using Amazon Web Services
  • The latest curbs on Parler have arrived on the heels of the violent siege that engulfed the US Capitol on Wednesday last week
  • The platform’s interface shares many characteristics with that of Twitter and Instagram and has, reportedly, turned into something of a haven for conservative-minded individuals and Trump supporters

Parler, a social network often promoted as an alternative to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, has now been banned by Apple, Google and Amazon. 

Despite having user and daily traffic numbers that pale in comparison to Facebook or Twitter, the social media app has skyrocketed in popularity in the run-up to and after the 2020 US Presidential elections. According to reports, the platform was the most downloaded app on the weekend of November 8 which, incidentally, was also the same day that several mainstream media outfits officially called the election in favour of President-elect Joe Biden. 

But the app’s failure to respond against hate-filled speech and incitements of violence on its platform had led Google and Apple to drop it from their respective app stores last week. In a letter addressed to Parler’s developers, Apple had noted that Parler had not taken requisite measures “to address the proliferation of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.”

On Sunday, Amazon announced that it had banned the platform from using Amazon Web Services. A web hosting service, simply put, is one that allows a website to store data on a physical server, enabling its operation. Amazon’s ban, which came into effect on 11.59 am PST on Sunday, effectively rendered Parler’s platform inactive, with the social media network failing to find an alternative hosting service. 

The latest curbs on Parler, however, have arrived on the heels of the violent siege that engulfed the US Capitol on Wednesday last week. Following the surreal events at Washington, instances of hate-speech have escalated on the platform leading Big Tech companies to grow concerned that a similar event could take place again, and more specifically on January 20, during President-elect Joe Biden’s official swearing-in ceremony. 

What is Parler?

Parler, which, as per its website, brands itself as an “unbiased social media” platform where users can “speak freely and express yourself openly without fear of being ‘de-platformed’ for your views.”

The platform’s interface shares…


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