Amazon will suspend Parler, the tech giant confirmed Saturday, sending the social media network offline after it was banned by Apple and Google for allowing “threats of violence” in the wake of a deadly riot at the US Capitol.
The Parler social network has become a haven for conservatives who say they have been censored by other social media platforms.
It had soared in popularity in recent months, becoming the No. 1 free app on Apple’s App Store on Saturday after the much larger Twitter decided to permanently ban US President Trump from its platform for his role in inciting violence at the Capitol.
Messages of support for the Wednesday’s rioters along with calls for new demonstrations had flourished on the platform, leading Google to remove it from its app store on Friday, followed by Apple on Saturday.
Amazon then moved to wipe it from its cloud hosting Amazon Web Services, pushing it offline entirely.
In a letter to Parler first published by Buzzfeed, Amazon said the network was not acting quickly enough against violent content on the platform.