Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, pictured on September 13, 2018.
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A group of Amazon employees are calling on the company to stop providing cloud services to Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice association said Amazon Web Services should “withhold parler services until violent posts are removed, including at the presidential inauguration.” AWS offers Parler Cloud Services that host its website.
On Saturday evening, Amazon Parler announced that it would no longer provide cloud services for the website. The suspension will take effect on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PT. The decision means the website will be taken offline for users if Parler cannot find a new cloud provider by Sunday evening.
Several news outlets reported that Amazon had already suspended Parler, but the site was still available to CNBC employees from the early hours of the morning on the east coast.
Representatives from Amazon and Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Parler founder and CEO John Matze wrote in a post on his Parler account late Saturday night: “We’re the closest to the competition that Facebook or Twitter have seen for many years. I believe Amazon, Google and Apple have.” worked together to try. ” make sure they have no competition. “
Amazon is the latest tech giant to cut ties with Parler after the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol earlier this week. Google removed Parler on Friday from its app store for Android users, the Google Play Store. BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Apple threatened to pull Parler out of its app store.
Parler, which was launched in 2018, has become a popular platform for President Trump’s allies over the past year by billing itself as free expression on popular social media services like Twitter and Facebook.
Screenshots from the Parler app viewed by CNBC show users posting references to firing squads, as well as calls for guns to be brought in for the presidential inauguration later this month. The AWS Acceptable Use Policy states that customers are prohibited from using their services “for any purpose that is illegal, harmful, fraudulent, malicious, or objectionable.”
Amazon previously cut ties with customers who broke its rules. In 2019, Amazon pulled the plug on a fundraising site used by Gab, a conservative social media site, after violating Amazon’s policy on hateful content.
The AECJ employee group has had some success in making their demands heard. Last April, the group organized an “online strike” to protest the company’s labor practices. Additionally, the group is widely credited with influencing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ decision to announce a comprehensive plan on climate change after the group pushed for change at the company’s 2019 AGM.
– CNBC’s Kif Leswing contributed to this report.