Amazon becomes latest to boycott social media networking app Parler

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Parler has hit back after Amazon pulled support for its so-called “free speech” social network.

Parler is suing the tech giant, accusing it of breaking anti-trust laws by removing it.

Parler had been reliant on the tech giant’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service to provide its alternative to Twitter.

The platform was popular among supporters of Donald Trump, although the president is not a user.

Amazon took the action after finding dozens of posts on the service that it said encouraged violence.

In response, the platform has asked a federal judge to order Amazon to reinstate it.

“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the complaint reads.

“It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”

Google and Apple had already removed Parler from their app stores towards the end of last week saying it had failed to comply with their content-moderation requirements.

However, it had still been accessible via the web – although visitors had complained of being unable to create new accounts over the weekend, without which it was not possible to view its content.

Parler has been online since 2018, and may return if it can find an alternative host.

However, chief executive John Matze told Fox News on Sunday that “every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too”.

“We’re going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible, but we’re having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won’t work with us because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t,” he added.