Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Social media platform Speak, which has gone dark after being shut down by major service providers who accused the app of not monitoring violent content, may never get back online , said CEO John Matze.
While a motorcade of commercial vendors severed ties with the site two years ago following the assault on the U.S. Capitol last week, Matze said in a Reuters interview on Wednesday that he did not know when nor s ‘he would come back.
“It could never be,” he said. “We do not know yet.”
The app said in a legal deposit that it has over 12 million users.
Matze said Parler was speaking to more than one cloud computing service but declined to release the names, citing the likelihood of harassment for the companies involved. He said the best thing would be for Parler to come back to Amazon.
Parler filed a lawsuit against the company on Monday, which Amazon.com Inc said is unfounded. Matze said the company is considering suing other vendors but declined to say more.
Amazon removed Parler, a platform favored by supporters of US President Donald Trump, from its servers this weekend for failing to effectively moderate violent content. Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google have also kicked Talking from their app stores.
“It’s hard to know how many people tell us we can’t do business with them anymore,” Matze said.
Amazon filed exhibits on Tuesday that showed it warned Speaking late last year against vile and threatening language on its site before cutting the platform after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Matze said Parler was also started from online payment service Stripe and American Express and lost his Scylla Enterprise database. Parler could not text after being banned by Twilio and could not use Slack to contact its “jury” of paid and volunteer users who make decisions to moderate Parler content after being abandoned by the Parler app. workplace messaging.
The sellers did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Matze said some Parler employees asked to take a few weeks off and also said he and staff had received threats and people were showing up at their homes.
He said there had been no change regarding investors in Parler, which obtains funding from hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Additional reporting by Jeffrey Dastin; Editing by Kenneth Li and Lisa Shumaker)
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