Parler CEO Mark Matze called Amazon, Google, and Apple’s attempt to suspend their site’s platform an “assault on all of us.”
As if it were some kind of technological war, the big companies decided to cancel Parler to avoid at all costs that millions of users migrate to the application.
“It’s devastating,” Matze told Fox News. “Everyone is working together to make sure that at the same time we lose access not only to our applications, but they are actually shutting down all of our servers tonight, off the Internet.”
Big companies like Amazon, Google. and Apple decided to censor Trump and his allies after the violent assault on the Capitol. Faced with this, both the president and millions of users migrated to Parler to circumvent the censorship, but Big Tech was uncomfortable and preferred to cut off all access to them altogether.
Matze said the suspensions were intended to decimate the company for refusing to monitor its content.
“They made an attempt not only to remove the application, but to destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies. All the providers, from text messaging services to email providers to our lawyers, also left us on the same day,” he said.
Republican Representative Devin Nunes (Calif.) said that the suspension of Parler by the tech giants is “clearly a violation of antitrust laws, civil rights, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).”
Nunes called for a federal investigation comparing Amazon, Apple and Google to “the mafia” and lamented that “the Republicans have no way to communicate” without Parler.
“The effect of this is that there is no longer a free and open company or social networking site for any American to access,” Nunes said.
“There should be an organized crime investigation on all the people who coordinated this attack not only against a company, but against all those like us, like me,” he denounced.
Parler saw more than 1.5 million downloads this weekend alone, before Google urged Apple and Amazon on with shutdowns and suspensions.
An excuse for censorship, Parler CEO says
Matze argued that Silicon Valley leaders are trying to falsely claim that Parler is somehow responsible for the Capitol Hill riots.
“Somehow they want to make us responsible,” he said. “This seems to me to be an excuse to basically eliminate freedom of expression at a time that is convenient for them.”
Parler’s CEO denounced that large technology companies have the power to “destroy anyone.”
“We’ll do everything we can to get back online as quickly as possible, but we’re having a lot of problems because all the vendors we talked to said they wouldn’t work with us,” Matze said. “Because if Apple doesn’t approve and Google doesn’t approve, they won’t. They haven’t given us any legitimate remedies. They just don’t want us on the Internet. They want to get rid of us.”