Apple, Amazon Move to Marginalize Parler
By Tim Higgins and Keach Hagey
Parler, a social-media app that has rocketed in popularity since
the U.S. presidential election, is being pushed to the margins by
technology giants concerned the company has a too-loose touch on
content appearing on its platform.
Amazon.com Inc. said Saturday it would no longer provide
cloud-computing services to Parler, and Apple Inc. suspended the
company's app from the App Store. Both companies said Parler hasn't
demonstrated in recent conversations that it can adequately address
threats of violence on the platform, an issue of great import
following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot Wednesday.
"We have always supported diverse points of view being
represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform
for threats of violence and illegal activity," Apple said in a
statement. "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the
proliferation of these threats to people's safety."
The announcements from Amazon and Apple come a day after
Alphabet Inc.'s Google suspended Parler from its Play Store app
marketplace, citing violations of requirements for sufficient
moderation of content for apps it distributes.
Write to Tim Higgins at Tim.Higgins@WSJ.com and Keach Hagey at
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 09, 2021 22:37 ET (03:37 GMT)
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