Amazon declined to comment on the filing. In a letter to Speak published by BuzzFeed News, Amazon told Parler that “it is clear that Parler does not have an effective process for complying with the AWS Terms of Service,” and that the application “poses a very real risk to public safety. “.
Parler’s lawsuit underscores how dire the situation has become for the service, which faced a massive backlash for its role in the riot in Washington DC last week. Before AWS cuts off Speak, the two Apple and Google kicked it out of its app stores, citing the company’s inability to deal with violent threats from its users. And the CEO of the company, John Matze, said Fox News during the weekend that even company lawyers were fleeing.
“Without AWS, Talking is over because there is no way to connect,” the lawsuit says. Before logging out, Matze told users that the service has few options to get back up and running. As of Monday afternoon, Parler’s website was down and its app was no longer functional, even for those who had downloaded it before it was deleted.
The CEO of Parler announces that his entire system has been shut down, no vendors will touch them and that he will be offline for the foreseeable future. pic.twitter.com/gQKsKWX9GR
– Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 11, 2021
“The statements from Amazon, Google and Apple to the press about dropping our access caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well,” Matze wrote. “And most of the people with enough servers to house us have closed their doors to us.”
Although Speak appears to be unavailable for the foreseeable future, it appears that much of the service’s data will live on. Much of Parler’s data, including violent threats and videos posted by participants in last week’s riots, is believed to have been archived by a researcher. Gizmodo reported a self-proclaimed hacker who uses the Twitter handle @donk_enby was able to capture “approximately 99%” of all public content in Parler, before the service was taken offline.