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Parler CEO John Matze says the free-speech alternative to Twitter was blindsided by the abrupt de-platforming from the Google and Apple app stores and Amazon Web Services. In an interview set to air Sunday night on Life, Liberty & Levin on the Fox News Channel, Matze claimed that Big Tech was purportedly nonchalant about the whole thing.
“It’s very, very interesting that they all, on the exact same day without previously indicating, they never indicated to us that there was any serious or material problem with our app. But on the same day, all on the same day, they send us these very threatening notices,” Matze told host Mark Levin, while underscoring that Parler does not condone violence, contrary to allegations from its left-wing critics.
Parler is currently offline until it finds a new hosting service. In the meantime, it is suing Amazon for monopolistic practices and seeking a temporary restraining order that would enable it to stay on Amazon’s servers.
Matze said his company had no way of contacting the Google decisionmakers, while the Apple rep “basically shrugged it off and made no indication that this was deadly serious, despite…their email being very serious. And Amazon, as usual, [was] basically saying, ‘Oh, I never saw any material problems. There’s no issues.’ You know, they played it off very nonchalantly. And so we had still even, you know, on the 8th and the 9th, we had no real indication that this was deadly serious.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 10, 2021
In the aftermath of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, corporate America has engaged in various forms of brazen censorship, which more-or-less started in a big way with Twitter’s ban of President Trump’s account.
Matze noted that the platform was experiencing explosive growth when Big Tech pulled the plug, which may be why Silicon Valley, in part, targeted Parler. “Our growth was very high, and we didn’t agree with their ideas on censorship.”
“Google, Apple, and Amazon Web Services all agreed that our terms of service were acceptable. They never said publicly or anywhere as far as I’m aware that there were any problems with our terms of service and free speech. Instead, they seemed to make it about violence which we don’t condone and don’t allow. We don’t allow violence or insurrection; those are illegal acts,” Matze explained.
Silicon Valley has “no problem doing business with communist China; they have no problem doing business with all kinds of genocidal dictators and so forth,” Levin asserted during the conversation.
(Source: Fox News)
Matze recalled that Parler ended 2019 with several hundred thousand users. A year later, Parler achieved a staggering 15-plus million accounts, including about one million new accounts on the day of the Amazon eviction.
“We were number one on the App Store. We were above Facebook, we were above TikTok, we were above YouTube, above Instagram, above every app on the App Store in the United States. We were number one before we got the ax.”
He added that the Parler business model does not include intrusive ads or data mining. “We’ve proved our model; we’ve proved our growth in the marketplace.”
Mark Levin extended an invitation for the Big Tech CEOs to come on the show for a very civil, long-form interview.
Separately, John Matze and his family have reportedly gone into hiding after experiencing death threats and “invasive personal security breaches,” according to a court filing. Other employees have also been harassed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 16, 2021
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