Parler has gone offline after Amazon pulled support for it. The platform relies heavily on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service. Reacting to a string of removals including that from Google and Apple, Parler CEO John Matze said Sunday that ’every vendor from text message services to email providers to our lawyers all ditched us too.’
Facebook is cracking down on the ’Stop the Steal’ rallying cry in an emergency move to head off potential violence before Donald Trump leaves office and Joe Biden is sworn in to take his place. The phrase refers to the president’s baseless charges that the presidential election that he decisively lost was rigged. His supporters proclaimed Jan.6 as the day to convene in Washington to save America
Twitter stock closed down on Monday, in the first trading session since the social media company permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account. The stock had cratered as much as 12.3% in the morning. Twitter said late Friday it made the decision to remove the president ’due to the risk of further incitement of violence,’ after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
As Apple and Google crack down on Parler, conservatives appear to be flocking to another app that claims to ’champion free speech.’ In a Tweet, Gab said it was gaining more than 10,000 users an hour since providers pulled Parler from their app stores. Gab launched in 2016, and has remained online despite efforts to shut it down in the wake of the 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that killed 11.
A strategic partnership has been revealed between Geely, one of the largest automakers in China, and Baidu, China’s answer to Google. With this partnership, both the companies will work together in order to create futuristic electric vehicles in China. No effect of the partnership will be seen in the US, but involvement of Volvo into the partnership could turn USA into a market as well.
Social networking site Gab.com has reported a surge in traffic after President Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and temporarily blocked from posting on Facebook and Instagram. Gab bills itself as a ’social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the new free flow of information online.’
Apple has removed Parler from its App Store a day after the Google Play Store carried out the same action. The company did so on the grounds of ’threats of violence and illegal activity.’ In a statement, Apple said, ’Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.’
Google has suspended the app Parler from the Play Store. ’We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US,’ Google said in a statement. Apple has also given an ultimatum to Parler to police its app or be removed on Saturday. The app is known for having less moderation and as a conservative-friendly alternative to other social media platforms.
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc on Saturday launched its first sedan model, eyeing a greater share of the world’s largest car market. The launch of the ET7, at an event in the western city of Chengdu, came as rival Tesla started selling its China-made Model Y sport-utility vehicle in the Chinese market.