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Amazon suspends Parler, threatening to take pro-Trump site offline indefinitely

Amazon suspended the pro-Trump social network Parler from its web-hosting service this weekend, a move that threatens to darken the site indefinitely after its users glorified the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol. The e-commerce and web hosting giant said Parler had violated its terms of service given its inadequate content-moderation practices, adding in a letter that it would implement its punishment just before midnight Pacific time Monday. The move by Amazon Web Services, or AWS, marks the latest, most crippling blow for the pro-Trump social network, which has emerged as a new haven for conservative users who have fled more mainstream Silicon Valley sites that crackdown on harmful, viral falsehoods online. Earlier this week, Apple and Google removed Parler’s app from their stores for smartphone downloads, similarly citing concerns that posts on Parler could contribute to violence. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, confirmed AWS had communicated its suspension to Parler on Saturday. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. Parler also did not respond to a request for comment. But its chief executive, John Matze, said in a post on his site that the social network soon could be “unavailable on the Internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch.” Troubling the tech giants, Parler users in recent days had praised the mob that left the U.S. Capitol on lockdown this Wednesday, threatening a potential “war.” The pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, meanwhile, at one point urged Trump-supporting “patriots” on Parler to keep fighting, saying, “Almighty God is with you. TODAY IS OUR DAY.
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