Parler is facing criticism over Wednesday’s riot that saw supporters of President Trump storm into the U.S. Capitol, attack police, vandalize the building and steal items from inside.
Screenshots taken from Parler and shared on other social media platforms appear to show Parler users openly discussing plans for violence at the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, including bringing weapons and imagining how they would wield them against their political opponents.
Amazon says the move was made for violating Amazon Web Services’ terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the letter was authentic.
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business. However, Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this in a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies,” Matze added.
Like Google, Apple suspended Parler from its App Store even as it surged to the No. 1 spot in the free apps section earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, Gab, another upstart social media platform, extended a welcome to Matze and Parler users while the site is down.
“We welcome John Matze, Dan Bongino and everyone on Parler to speak freely on Gab while they work to get the platform back online,” Gab wrote on its official Twitter account.
Fox Business’ Talia Kaplan, Audrey Conklin, James Leggate and Brittany De Lea contributed to this report.