While Matze doesn't appreciate elected officials calling for his company to be silenced, he found himself at the center of the news cycle when Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores and Amazon Web Services cut off Parler from its web hosting services in the wake of the Capitol riot.
The platforms said Parler was not doing enough to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence, following unrest at the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters last Wednesday after weeks of violent rhetoric on online sites. It is also seeking unspecified triple damages.
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In November, conservative activist Rebekah Mercer confirmed that she and her family, including her father and hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer, have provided funding to the company.Conservative commentator Dan Bongino also said in June he was taking an ownership stake in the company, which is based near Las Vegas in Nevada.
"We've seen this coming for a while", Ben Decker, founder and CEO of Memetica, a company that provides intelligence and risk advisory services regarding harassment, disinformation, and violent extremism, told ABC News.
Apple followed suit on Saturday after giving Parler a day to address complaints it was being used to "plan and facilitate yet further illegal and risky activities". As we reported a year ago Parler had become a popular destination for those of a more right-wing persuasion anxious about Twitter's censorship policies.More news: Vivo Y15A with triple cameras, 5,000mAh battery launched at ₹17,990
Amazon denied that it interfered in Parler's relationship with its users, and claimed that Parler's antitrust allegations do not meet the basic threshold required for a Sherman Act claim.
The existential problems for Parler come as federal law enforcement continues to make arrests related to the violent January 6 intrusion of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. "You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don't count us out". Posts on the social media platform were part of the long trail of digital evidence available to investigators.
Meanwhile, a group of digital "hactivists" salvaged much of what happened on Parler before it went offline and said they plan to put it into a public archive.More news: Deadpool joining MCU with upcoming R-rated 3rd film
"There is a group called UGNazi that is targeting me", Matze said, noting the controversial hacker group has released many of his passwords and personal information on the internet.