Parler launched in 2018 as a free-social media site for users fed up with the rules on Facebook and Twitter, and it quickly won fans of President Trump’s supporters. On Monday, it turned dark, falling to the blow at his more permissible approach.
Amazon.com Inc. abruptly terminated web-hosting services to the company, effectively halting its operations, prompting Parler to sue Amazon in Seattle federal court. Other technical partners also worked, crippling operations.
The verdict was a mob attack on the US Capitol last week. On the afternoon of the riot, Amazon warned parlor officials that it had received reports that the social-media platform was hosting “inappropriate” content, and that the parlor had 24 hours to address it.
“We have been addressing this type of content appropriately and have been actively working with law enforcement for weeks now,” parlor policy chief Amy Peikoff said in an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal Told Amazon hours later.
Amazon wrote back on Thursday: “Please understand this.” The email convinced Parler executives that his moderation system, however, was acceptable to its tech partner.