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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Amazon pulls plug on Parler. The relatively new social media platform Parler has—for now, at least—vanished, after Amazon canceled its web hosting contract with the company effective Sunday night. Google also banned Parler, on Friday, with Apple following suit on Saturday. The companies cite posts making threats against Mike Pence, organizing last week’s events in Washington, D.C., and making plans for further action to challenge the 2020 election results.
Parler may “be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” wrote CEO John Matze in a statement. “We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business.”
Matze called it a coordinated attack by Apple, Amazon, and Google “to kill competition in the market place.” He added that “you can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”