Parler CEO John Matze revealed that he is being restricted from even accessing the code on the social media platform as any attempts to develop its software have been blocked.
Matze explained to Fox News how he cannot access information that legally belongs to Parler after Google Play and the Apple App Store dropped the platform and Amazon Web Services, with just 24- hours notice, disconnected the company from its servers.
“We are trying to get our services back up and running so at least we can access our code repositories, at least we can access our development and testing environment,” Matze told host Mark Levin on Life, Liberty, and Levin on Sunday.
“You know, this is an indication to me that seems really strange, if they believed that the social media itself was a problem, why do they shut off everything else too?” Matze asked. “They shut off our ability to work and our ability to even access our own code and work on that.”
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An incredulous Levin asked the Parler chief to clarify and he explained that the company, which has now sued Amazon in federal court, was given “a very small window to download it all while we were, you know, experiencing a lot of growth.”
“And so we tried to download what we could, but now we don’t have any more access,” Matze noted, adding that “what we also need is to be able to spin up our servers so that we can get information which requires our servers to be running to get, so yes, they are preventing us from doing that.”
“So they are not really interested in stopping the violence, are they?” Levin interjected. “They are interested in stopping competition and they are using their so-called strength as a private company to exercise power this way when in fact they are affecting discourse in this entire country…and if there was ever a time for companies to be broken up into a thousand pieces because their purpose is dishonest, their purpose is power and money and destroying any competition that exists.”
While Parler is offline, the company is seeking a temporary restraining order allowing it to stay on Amazon’s servers, alleging that they are violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. In the court filing, it was revealed that Matze and his family have had to leave their home and go into hiding after experiencing death threats and “invasive personal security breaches.”
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Matze told Levin that his company was taken by surprise with the coordinated attack from the big tech companies, saying they had “no real indication that this was deadly serious.”
He related that people could still reach the company via email, “but I don’t know how much longer that’s going to last.”
“Amazon and these companies all made public and very harsh statements claiming that we were, quote-unquote, breaching the terms of service for months and they’ve been trying to notify us which I don’t think is true at all,” he said.
“Every vendor you can think of under the sun has been shutting us off slowly, and they are all citing the harsh words of Amazon and Apple. So this was, in my opinion, intended to inflict maximum damage on Parler,” he added.
In a phone interview with Fox News on Sunday night, Matze indicated that some progress was being made.
“I’m confident that by the end of the month, we’ll be back up,” he said.
“Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now,” Matze said. “We’re making significant progress. When you go into Parler.com it doesn’t go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information”
He reached out to users and fans in the first update on the static page over the weekend.
“Hey is this thing on?” Matze wrote. “Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform. We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!”