CEO Of 'Free Speech' Social Media App Parler Says Business Could Collapse
Parler CEO John Matze has spoken out after the company was dropped by virtually all of its business alliances, including Amazon, Apple and Google.
The decision to drop the 'free speech' and far-right friendly social media app came in the wake of the riots at the US Capitol, which left five people dead - including a police officer.
The app saw a massive uptick in posts following last week's deadly 'insurrection', especially when Facebook and Twitter started banning content from President Donald Trump.
John Matze says the reaction has been brutal.
"Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day," he told Fox News.
He added that that the bans could put the company out of business and said it raised free speech issues, calling it 'an assault on everybody.'
"They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they're actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet," Matze said.
"They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company. And it's not just these three companies. Every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day."
Amazon joined Apple and Google in dropping the social media app from their stores and said it was due to the potential to incite violence. However, Matze insisted the companies were unfairly targeting Parler.
"They're trying to falsely claim that we're somehow responsible for the events that occurred on the 6th," he said, the date of the Capitol building takeover by rioters.
"It would put anybody out of business," he said of the bans. "This thing could destroy anybody.
"We're going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible. But we're having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won't work with us. Because if Apple doesn't approve and Google doesn't approve, they won't."
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Apple released a statement outlining why they had banned the app, saying that Parler's attempt to stem hate speech and violent material had proved 'insufficient'.
"The processes Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal content have proved insufficient," Apple told Parler.
"Specifically, we have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action in violation of Guideline 1.1 - Safety - Objectionable Content.
"Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people's safety," Apple said in a statement to CNN Business.
"We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues."
US President Donald Trump's Twitter and Facebook accounts have also been suspended since the riots, with Twitter saying they wanted to quell 'the risk of further incitement of violence'.
Trump received a 12-hour ban after the events in Washington DC on Wednesday, but Twitter has removed him for good.
The official Twitter Safety account wrote: "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
"In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.
"Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.
"However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement."
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