Amazon suspends Parler from web hosting service

Source: The Hill | January 9, 2021 | Sarah Polus

Amazon on Saturday night suspended the social media platform Parler from its web hosting service, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

The move by Amazon was first reported by Buzzfeed News.

The company, founded by Jeff Bezos, said Parler’s lack of content moderation lead to its removal from its web hosting service, calling it a “Very real risk to public safety,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Trust and Safety team sent an email to Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff explaining their decision.

“Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms,” the email, obtained by Buzzfeed, reads. “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”

The email goes on to state that Parler will be available to web hosting service users until Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST when the suspension goes into effect.

A spokesperson for Amazon/AWS, in a statement to The Hill, confirmed the email obtained by Buzzfeed.

Parler CEO John Matze also confirmed the news in a post on his platform, calling the suspension “an attempt to completely remove free speech from the internet.”

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