Headline RoundupJanuary 10th, 2021

Apple, Google and Amazon Ban Parler

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Amazon removed Parler, a Twitter-like social media app popular among conservatives, from its cloud hosting service Sunday, joining Google and Apple in banning the app from their services this weekend. While Google and Apple's bans allowed people who had already downloaded the app to continue using it, Amazon's decision to remove Parler from its hosting service takes the app completely offline until the company "can find a new hosting service." Parler CEO John Matze called the move "a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill the competition in the marketplace." Matze said Parler could be unavailable for up to a week while its servers are "rebuilt from scratch." Coverage from the left tended to frame Parler as an app people use to spread "hate" and coordinate events like Wednesday's Capitol protest. Some right-rated outlets highlighted Matze's statement, and framed the ban as unjust anti-conservative censorship and an attempt by Big Tech to control the marketplace.

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