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Parler CEO Blasts ‘Coordinated Attack by Tech Giants to Kill Competition’ as Amazon Pulls Its Servers

By Craig Bannister | January 10, 2021 | 12:47pm EST
Parler CEO John Matze
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“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast,” John Matze, CEO of the free-speech social media platform Parler said in a statement late Saturday announcing that Amazon will be shutting all its servers.

“Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited...but, don’t count us out” – Matze said in a statement posted on Parler:

“Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet. There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products.

“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies.

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.”

NewsBusters, a division of the Media Research Center (MRC) along with CNSNews.com, reports that Amazon’s move comes a day after a group of Amazon’s climate warrior employees demanded that Parler’s servers be shut down:

This comes after the “Amazon Employees For Climate Justice” group published a shrill demand that the company’s leadership do whatever it can to get Parler wiped off the internet. 

Amazon is owned by the world’s second-richest man Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.“Enough is enough. Amazon hosts Parler on [Amazon Web Services],” Amazon Employees For Climate Justice declared Jan. 9 before demanding:

“As Amazon workers, we demand Amazon deny Parler services until it removes posts inciting violence, including at the Presidential inauguration.

“We cannot be complicit in more bloodshed and violent attacks on our democracy.”

"We WON'T cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!" Matze said Friday, reacting to news that Apple was threatening to pull its Parler app if the social media platform doesn't start censoring conservative speech, CNSNews.com reports.

“This battle is against all of us” who value free speech, but “They will not win,” Matze said Sunday in a follow-up Parler post:

“We are the closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years. I believe Amazon, Google, Apple worked together to try and ensure they don’t have competition.

“They will NOT win! We are the world’s last hope for free speech and free information.

“What they are doing is unprecedented, unfounded and absolutely disgusting. Shameful.

“This is a battle against all of us. Liberals, conservatives, atheists, Christians, black, white, etc. They want to keep their monopoly over speech. They want us fighting. They don’t want us working together. They don’t want us working with each other, they want us hating one another.

“Parley - brings two people with conflicting ideas together. Our mission is free speech, democracy and us the people having the power. The elite don’t want us to be free, they want hate division and power!”

The Media Research Center is urging all Americans to call Amazon in protest and to notify MRC if they have been victims of censorship:

Conservatives are under attack. Call up Amazon at 1 (888) 280-4331 and demand that it not discriminate against free speech. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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