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Parler CEO says the company stands by a different standard than Twitter and Facebook

Parler is held to a different standard than Twitter and Facebook, its chief executive told The Epoch Times.

“The standards to which we are held are higher than those of Facebook and Twitter. And that is wrong, because that is giving preferential treatment to some clients and some clients and not to others. And then abruptly ending what I would call bad faith, and doing it so quickly, that there’s no possible way to remedy it and doing it in such a public way that it tarnishes our brand and doesn’t get us anywhere. more, « said John Matze in » Crossroads « from The Epoch Times.

“They did this maliciously at the same time, to ruin our reputation and destroy our business. That is evil.

Parler, a social media website focused on freedom of expression, was removed from Amazon’s servers overnight on Sunday. Before that, Apple and Google had removed their app from their app stores.

The companies alleged that Parler, which had 20 million users, was not adequately moderating its platform.

Parler is trying to force Amazon to take back the company. He is also in contact with other companies, including the domain registrar Epik. Parler registered with Epik this week but has not reached a formal agreement with them. Epik said in a statement Thursday that it has been in talks with several members of Parler’s executive team.

“While we cannot predict what will happen to Parler, we can confirm that the examples used to marginalize and ultimately destroy its active base of millions of users in no way reflect the values ​​of the owners, investors, engineers, community. , of the hundreds of moderators who worked tirelessly to serve the people and user base they loved, « said Robert Davis, Epik’s senior vice president, in a statement.

In a court file, Amazon said Parler showed an « unwillingness and inability to remove content that threatens public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture and murder of people, from Amazon Web Services (‘AWS’) servers. public officials and private citizens ”. Amazon said it repeatedly told Parler that the content on its site violated the agreement between the two companies and that the suspension was a « last resort. »

Parler is shown on a smartphone with his website in the background in Arlington, Virginia, on July 2, 2020 (Olivier Douliery / . via .).

Parler sued Amazon this week after it was removed from its servers. In his response to Amazon’s filing, Parler said that Amazon « did not express any concern about Parler’s content moderation » but wanted to know if President Donald Trump « had joined or would join Parler now that he was blocked by Twitter and Facebook ».

Apple CEO Tim Cook told « CBS This Morning » that Parler « has some trouble with moderation. »

« There are some examples of incitement to violence there, » he said. « They need to intensify restraint and our hope is that they will return to the store. »

Google said in a statement that it was « aware of the ongoing posting on the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. »

Matze told The Epoch Times that his website was a true platform, while competitors Twitter and Facebook are publishers due to actions such as tagging posts. He also noted that posts that encourage violence are seen on Twitter and Facebook, as a term that asks Vice President Mike Pence to hang that has been trending on Twitter in recent days.

There were « some instances » of people attempting to incite violence against Parler, but there is no way to organize events at the site, Matze said, calling attempts to blame Parler for the Jan.6 Capitol rape as insane. .

« Every online social media company had violent content about that event that day, including Parler, but including Facebook, including Twitter, including everyone, » he said. “I don’t think it was very different from Facebook or Twitter, you know, the amount of content is insane. And these companies gave them preferential treatment over us ”.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.