Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Parler CEO John Matze said that his social media platform has been dropped by virtually all of its business alliances after Amazon, Apple and Google ended their agreements with the social media service.
“Every vendor, from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day,” Matze told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“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.”
Matze said that the services are 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 protesters.
“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.”
Matze said the bans could put the company out of business while raising free speech issues, calling it “an assault on everybody.”
“It would put anybody out of business,” he said of the tech bans. “This thing could destroy anybody.”
Amazon dropped Parler from its servers, joining Apple and Google, citing the spreading violent content on the site, which is favored by conservatives as an alternative to Twitter and Facebook.