Seattle-area internet services company Epik mentioned it has not had communications with Parler, the social media platform within the highlight following the riot on the U.S. Capitol final week.
Amazon Web Services mentioned on Saturday that it will droop Parler on Sunday earlier than midnight, citing a violation of its phrases of service because of requires violence on the platform.
Getting booted from AWS would take Parler offline and means the location would want to discover a new hosting service.
In a lengthy statement posted on Epik’s web site, the company mentioned “no communication has been received by them for discussion of future service provision.”
Epik, based in 2009, has turn into recognized for hosting web sites that had been beforehand blocked off by different suppliers. In 2018, it hosted Gab.com, the location that was dropped by GoDaddy and different firms within the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue capturing.
Epik additionally briefly helped 8chan get again on-line in 2019 after the location was tied to far-right extremism and linked to a mass capturing in El Paso, Texas, however modified course two days later.
In its assertion, Epik does not say whether or not it’s open to working with Parler sooner or later. The company calls out the “staggering size of Twitter and Facebook” and mentioned it has “closely observed the battle between oversized monopolies and smaller platforms.”
“The notion that Big Tech has pushed for centralized control over all future narratives is very real,” writes Robert Davis, senior vp of communications.
Parler has turn into standard in current months as a substitute for Facebook and Twitter, which each banned President Trump final week following the riot on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Apple and Google have eliminated Parler from their respective app shops over the previous few days. Apple mentioned it acquired complaints that Parler was used to plan and coordinate the Capitol riots, BuzzFeed reported.
Parler’s CEO said Sunday that different companies have additionally stopped working with the social media company. Other large platforms reminiscent of Stripe and Snapchat have restricted or restricted Trump-related accounts.
The company is led by founder and CEO Robert Monster, a veteran tech exec who beforehand based Global Market Insite, which was acquired in 2011 by Kantar.
In 2018, Monster defended the choice to host Gab.com in a blog post that included the road “de-platforming is digital censorship.”
“De-platforming a haven of free speech is not about left or right,” Monster wrote.