Tech giant Apple Inc. (AAPL) and leading e-commerce company Amazon Inc. (AMZN) have suspended social networking service Parler from App Store and web hosting service respectively.
The two companies claim main reason behind the suspension is that Parler failed to take enough measures to prevent spread of posts inciting violence across its platform which is popular with many learners online.
In what seems to be efforts to avoid any possible acts of violence emanating from inciting posts caused by President Trump and his supporters, Facebook Inc. (FB) was the first big tech company to suspend Trump from using Facebook and Instagram until inauguration of U.S President elect Joe Biden takes place.
Widely used social network thereafter followed suit and banned President Trump from its platform permanently. Google also followed the same path.
Parler is used by a massive following of President Trump, following suspension from other platforms, Parler was seen as the possible alternative for Twitter.
Prior the suspension, Apple had given Parler 24 hours to forward a well laid moderation plan concerning reports that participants used the platform to plan attack on the Capitol which happened during the week.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” said Apple.
On the other side, Amazon announced taking Parler’s website offline from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) until the company finds a new web host.
Parler didn’t take this predicament on a light note the company’s chief executive officer John Matze, called out the big techs on carrying out a partnered attack on the company leaving it with limited options if any.
“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” said the CEO.