Parler struck a chord for many Americans sick of Facebook and Twitter censoring posts. Parler disappeared online and was zapped off app stores like Apple and Google Play after President Trump supporters stormed and seized the U.S. Capital on Jan. 6. Free speech was given another dose of reality when Amazon.com Inc. suspended Parler from its web hosting service, taking the site offline unless it can find a new company to host its services.
Parler’s CEO John Matze later explained he was told to find a new platform for its servers within 24 hours. Added Matze, “Every vendor from text messages services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us, too, on the same day, and they’re trying to falsely claim that we were somehow responsible for the events [that] occurred on [January] 6th.”
Matze posted the below on his site Jan. 16.
In a statement on Friday, January 8, Twitter axed President Donald Trump’s account: “After close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Facebook followed and closed Trump’s account.
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-CNJ staff reports