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‘It could never be’: Parler CEO says social app won’t return | Political news

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The Talking social media platform, which has gone dark after being cut off by prominent service providers who accused the app of not monitoring violent content, may never get back online, its CEO said. John Matze.

While a motorcade of business sellers severed ties with the site two years ago following the storming of the United States Capitol last week, Matze said in an interview with the agency on Wednesday. Reuters news release that he did not know when or if he would return. .

“It could never be,” he said. “We do not know yet.”

After Reuters published its initial comments, Matze later added: “I am optimistic. It may take days, it may take weeks, but Talking will return and when we do, we will be stronger.

Matze said Parler was speaking to more than one cloud computing service but declined to release names, citing the likelihood of harassment for the companies involved. He said the best thing would be for Parler to come back to Amazon.com Inc.

Parler, who claims to have more than 12 million users, filed a lawsuit against Amazon’s cloud computing division on Monday.

Amazon cut the social media platform, which touts itself as a “free speech” space and is favored by supporters of US President Donald Trump, from its servers this weekend for failing to moderate effectively violent content.

In the interview, Matze said his relationship with Amazon seemed to deteriorate overnight and without much warning, an assessment Amazon disputes in legal filings.

As recently as this summer, Amazon invited Parler to join an initiative to connect it with potential investors, Matze said, which was independently confirmed by a source who called the offering the standard for customers. in startup.

Amazon subsequently ended the program and did not secure funding for Parler, the source said. Matze said the company did not need more funding at the time.

‘Train MILITIAS now’

In November, however, Amazon received reports that Parler was hosting threatening content in what it said violated the companies’ agreement, according to an Amazon legal file. Amazon reported more than 100 examples to an executive at Parler, such as content urging people to “train MILITIAS now and acquire targets,” the file said.

[File: Chris Helgren/Reuters]

In another court case Wednesday, Parler said Amazon had failed to provide evidence that the platform was used to instigate and stage the Jan.6 siege on the U.S. Capitol. He called Amazon’s termination of its services “catastrophic.”

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is by far the largest cloud computing provider, and its on-demand software services are the backbone of many of the most popular Internet services. Talking has “no other options” for being on the web, he said in the lawsuit.

Disinformation researchers said the far-right groups that emerged during the riot maintained a vigorous online presence on alternative platforms, including Speak, where they spread violent rhetoric before the unrest.

“ Difficult to follow ”

Amazon was not alone in taking action against the social media company. Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have also kicked Talking from their app stores.

Matze said: “It’s hard to know how many people tell us we can’t do business with them anymore.”

He said Talking was also started from the Stripe online payment service and lost his Scylla Enterprise database as well as access to Twilio Inc and Slack Technologies Inc, a popular workplace messaging app. . He also said it was dumped by American Express Co, but the company said it did not have a direct business relationship with Parler.

ScyllaDB and Twilio said Parler violated their policies on violent content. Slack and Stripe did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

Matze said Parler relies on around 600 paid and unpaid “jurors” to make small-group decisions about problematic content.

He said he thought Parler did a good job of moderation, but was trying to be more proactive. After vendors told the platform there was a problem, Parler had an algorithm in place by the end of Sunday to report problematic posts, he said.

AWS did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the algorithm.

On Wednesday, Matze said there had been no change for investors in Parler. Hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer and conservative commentator Dan Bongino are investors in the service.


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