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Parler platform says outage may be longer than anticipated over attacks in Washington

*The social media platform hasn’t been able to find other suppliers willing to step in because of the negative publicity resulting from the violence reportedly organised in part on Parler

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Though the social media app assures the platform protects user data and speech, John Matze Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Parler has warned the app is likely to be shut down for longer than originally anticipated.

ConsumerConnect reports that Matze’s pronouncement was sequel to the actions of Amazon.com Inc., Google, and others that withdrew their support in the wake of rioting at the United States Capitol Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

The CEO said the company had sought alternatives after it was notified by Amazon that the e-commerce giant would terminate its cloud computing support at midnight Sunday. However, it hasn’t been able to find other suppliers willing to step in because of the negative publicity stemming from the violence, reportedly organised in part on platforms such as Parler.

Matze wrote in a post on his network that “we will likely be down longer than expected. This is not due to software restrictions — we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go.

“Rather, it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. “And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online.”

Recall that in the wake of last week’s riots, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. banished President Donald Trump, as well as users and groups supporting the violence.

The ban was reported to have led to a surge in downloads for the less restrictive Parler service, in part because of encouragement from Republican lawmakers and media figures, agency report stated.

But Google and Apple Inc. banned the service from their mobile app stores, blocking Android and iPhone users from downloading it from their outlets.

Meanwhile, Parler CEO has insisted that he would not cave in to “politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”

He wrote: “Parler is my final stand on the Internet. I won’t be making an account on any social. Parler is my home.”

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