Apple joins other tech giants in banning Parler

Apple joins other tech giants in banning Parler

Parler is out of the iPhone App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Web Services.
Google, Apple and Amazon used their right as private companies to refuse to do business with Parler.
Graphic: Cult of Mac
Apple carried though on its warning to remove Parler from the iPhone App store. Google already banned the company from the Android software store, and Amazon is cutting off its cloud-hosting service.

The social-networking service is accused of being used to plan the attack on the U.S. Capital last week.

Apple removes Parler from App Store

Apple sent an email to the social-networking service on Friday that said, in part, “We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property.” Apple told the social-networking service it must either begin moderating “dangerous and harmful” comments posted by users or its application would be removed from the App Store.

The app has since been removed, as John Matze, CEO of Parler, angrily denied Apple’s request.

Google and Amazon too

Google moved more quickly than Apple, as it didn’t offer a warning. On Friday, it pulled the Android version of Parler from the Google Play store.

And those are likely minor challenges compared to Amazon’s decision to stop allowing Parler to use Amazon Web Services. The social-networking service depends on AWS, but Amazon informed Parler on Saturday that numerous posts on the site calling for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government violated its terms of service. Amazon plans to cut the service off on Sunday night.

John Matze, CEO of Parler, said his service will be offline for as much as a week while it’s moved to another hosting service. He called the move by Apple, Google and Amazon “a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place.”

Federal law allows businesses  to refuse service to any person or company for any reason. The only exceptions are if the business is discriminating on the grounds of religion, sex, etc.

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