what is this alternative to Twitter and why has it lost support from Amazon, Apple and Google.
With Donald Trump’s accounts blocked on Twitter or Facebook, many of his followers turned to Parler, the social network where “speak freely”, as defined by its creators. But Parler will not be a communication channel for Trump either, as it has been cut off by Amazon, Apple and Google, losing access not only to applications, but also to the platform’s servers, which used Amazon Web Services.
Parler’s website no longer works. When a user tries to visit it, an error message appears. The applications, for those who already have it installed, do not work either and the content cannot be loaded.
Parler will be blocked “longer than expected”
John Matze, CEO of Parler, has explained in his profile that “We are likely to be blocked more than expected”. During this weekend, Amazon advised Matze that they would block the servers because they could not “provide services to a customer who cannot effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.”
“This is not due to software restrictions, we have our software and everyone’s data ready to use. Rather, it is that the statements of Amazon, Google and Apple to the press about the suspension of our access have caused most of our other providers to drop their support as well. And most of the people with enough servers to host us have closed their doors on us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online, “explained Matze. That is, not only Amazon has cut its hosting, it has also caused a reaction so that the rest of the providers refuse to collaborate with Parler from the beginning.
New: #Parler CEO John Matze says the site “will likely be down longer than expected” as more vendors drop, following @Apple, @Google & @Amazon.
He says other companies with enough server space to host the site have also “shut their doors.”
Matze posted abt 20 min ago👇 pic.twitter.com/dcuhyG07HR
– Scott Rodd (@SRodd_CPR) January 11, 2021
Following the assault on the United States Capitol, the main social networks blocked Donald Trump’s accounts. This drew attention to alternative social networks such as Parler, less restrictive with certain messages.
Google and Apple decided to cut access to the application from their application stores, equivalent to what happened with Gab in 2017. Initially, Matze insisted that “he would not give in to politically motivated companies”But with the Amazon shutdown, he has been forced to acknowledge that Parler will not be available again for some time. Although, I do point out that he is willing to rebuild the network “from scratch.”
What reasons Google and Apple give
“In order for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement strong moderation for hateful content,” Google explained.
In the case of Apple, they explained that “the processes that Parler has implemented to moderate or prevent the spread of illegal and dangerous content have been insufficient. Specifically, we have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite illegal actions.”
Despite the blockade of Apple and Google, the applications continued to work until now. With the blocking of Amazon Web Services, both the web and its applications have stopped doing so.
From Reddit they have alerted that the information published in Parler could have been exposed, with information that should be protected, it was simply hidden due to poor site programming.
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