After the events at the Capitol, Amazon "notified Parler of additional content that threatened or encouraged violence" and emphasized the need to take such posts down, the executive said. In this case, Parler alleges that Amazon is conspiring with Twitter to reduce competition in the microblogging and social media industry.
Moreover, Amazon's attorneys wrote, Parler did not provide any evidence of its allegations that Amazon had colluded with rivals to threaten its business.
Apple rejected those efforts as a solution in its explanation for removing the app.
The president's purported plans were part of the reason Amazon Web Services chose to boot Parler from its servers this week, putting the fledgling company in an existential crisis, according to Matze.
Matze said Parler had also been booted from online payments service Stripe and from American Express and had lost its Scylla Enterprise database. "We have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action", Apple wrote to Parler on Saturday, adding that the measures were "inadequate to address the proliferation of unsafe and objectionable content on your app".
The legal move followed AWS-Amazon's decision to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service, leaving the social media startup in the dark at 4:30 am ET Monday. Twitter declined to comment. Both Google and Apple removed the app Parler from their app stores, claiming the free speech alternative social media platform was used to coordinate the assault on the Capitol.
He said the best thing would be if Parler could get back on Amazon.com Inc. However, Amazon's decision means the app won't be functional unless Parler finds a replacement web host.
Matze says he won't give up on Parler and the app will return in the future with a few necessary tweaks to allow for a safe environment while advocating for free speech and respecting the privacy of users.
John Matze earlier said that the social media app would likely be down longer than expected, adding that it is not due to software restrictions as they have their own software and everyone's data ready to go. In January, it said it has over 12 million registered users.
"AWS reported to Parler, over many weeks, dozens of examples of content that encouraged violence, including calls to hang public officials, kill Black and Jewish people, and shoot police officers in the head ..." Later on in the day, however, his message became more bleak, as it became evident that the tech giants' clampdown was scaring other companies out of working with Parler.
[W] hen it comes to Parler, it is clear that there is an artificial standard that many now want to apply.
"If this wasn't done, we would only have fragments and scraps of the information that was on Parler before the takedown", said Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist at McGill University who has studied hacker movements.