- President Donald Trump was considering setting up an account on Parler under the pseudonym “Person X,” its chief executive, John Matze, said Wednesday.
- Matze argued in a court of law that Court’s web host, Amazon Web Services, had been aware of this since at least October, and that the possibility that Trump could join Parler was part of the reason AWS tied the network. Monday.
- “There is no profit on these claims,” an Amazon spokesman told Insider.
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President Donald Trump was considering creating an account on Parler, the social media app popular with his followers, under the pseudonym “Person X,”
Matze went on to claim that Amazon Web Services was aware of these plans and in fact terminated his contract with Parler this week for denying Trump an additional presence on social media.
AWS, which cut off Parler on Monday, took the app offline, and Matze believes it may never come back.
AWS said Parler “poses a very real risk to public safety,” and Google and Apple excluded the app from their app stores. Parler had become a haven for right-wing extremist activity and misinformation due to its lax stance on content moderation, and some users called for further violence during the January 6 Capitol uprising.
Matze’s filing on Wednesday came after the social media network hit AWS with an antitrust lawsuit. The archive disputed Amazon’s claims that it had repeatedly warned Parler to suspend the platform’s contract due to violent content.
In Wednesday’s filing, Matze said an AWS representative assigned to Parler had been aware since at least October that Trump was considering setting up an account on the platform. The representative was in frequent contact with Matze about this, he added, arguing that the person should therefore also have been aware that this would bring a wave of Trump supporters to Parler.
“[Retracted], who is a Joe Biden supporter, was AWS’s representative assigned to me by AWS and was aware at least since October 11, 2020 that Trump was considering moving to Parler under the pseudonym ‘Person X,’ “Matze wrote.
The representative contacted him “often” about this, Matze said, adding: “AWS knew there was a possibility that Trump could get a Parler account that would likely bring a wave of supporters to the Parler platform.”
Matze said that “based on my interactions with AWS staff during this period, I believe that AWS’s decision to terminate the service for Parler was not based on expressed concern about Parliament’s compliance with the AWS Agreement, but partly on a deny President Trump a platform on any major social media service. “
He added: “AWS had inside and confidential knowledge from Parler about when and if he would attend.”
There is “no profit” in Matze’s claims that AWS started Parler to prevent Trump from getting an account, an Amazon spokesman told Insider, explaining that it provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum.
It happened instead because of content on the site that encourages and encourages violence, Amazon said.
“We made our concerns known to Parler over the course of a few weeks, and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services on Sunday night,” it added. .
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Since the uprising at the Capitol on January 6, several social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Snapchat, have locked or permanently banned Trump’s accounts, possibly making it more likely for Trump to turn to Parler as an alternative.
Matze said in the filing that AWS only expressed concern over its deal with Parler after Twitter announced it was excluding Trump from its platform.
In filing, Matze also claimed that Amazon had not raised concerns about Parler’s content moderation system until January 8th. Amazon said Tuesday that it had issued repeated warnings since mid-November and that Parler had refused to remove more than 100 examples of violent content, including death threats.
Matze also said Parler was dropped by the Slack service in the workplace, making it difficult for Parler employees to monitor its content.
“Losing Slack makes it extremely difficult to effectively enforce our terms of service with our nearly 600 volunteer and paid jurors,” he wrote.