Parler, one of the few social media platforms still supportive of President Donald Trump, is down — and CEO John Matze is embracing a “longer-than-expected” blackout scenario.
Amazon suspended Parler from its web-hosting services Monday. Google and Apple also did the same against the Trumpist social media platform by removing it from their app stores. At the time of writing, the service is nowhere to be accessed.
Parler CEO John Matze admitted that the service will “likely be down longer than expected,” in a post on the platform via Don Winslow’s Twitter account.
This is not due to software restrictions; Matze says that the company has the “software and everyone’s data ready to go.”
“Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us.”
In a post Sunday, Matze said the company will try to move to a new provider and that it has “many competing for [its] business.” He called the actions by Amazon, Google and Apple a “coordinated effort,” and an “attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet.”