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Parler Booted Off Amazon's AWS Hosting Service, Suspended by Apple

Published by Slashdot on Sun, 10 Jan 2021


"Apple has suspended Parler until the makers of the app solve its content moderation challenges," reports Forbes, citing a statement from Apple saying "there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats..." Meanwhile, BuzzFeed News reports:Amazon notified Parler that it would be cutting off the social network favored by conservatives and extremists from its cloud hosting service Amazon Web Services, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News. The suspension, which will go into effect on Sunday just before midnight, means that Parler will be unable to operate and will go offline unless it can find another hosting service... In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, an AWS Trust and Safety team told Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff that the calls for violence propagating across the social network violated its terms of service. Amazon said it was unconvinced that the service's plan to use volunteers to moderate calls for violence and hate speech would be effective. "Recently, we've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms," the email reads. "It's clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service." Earlier in the day, Bloomberg supplied some context:A group representing some Amazon.com Inc. employees has called for the company's cloud unit to cut ties with Parler after reports that the social media network was used by those who planned Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol... It's unclear how many employees the group represents. Participation in rallies, social media statements and open letters has ranged from dozens of workers to thousands at events held before the Covid-19 pandemic. Amazon last year fired two of the group's leaders for what it said was violation of company policy. The employees say they were terminated for their activism.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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