Parler CEO says social media app, favored by Trump supporters, may not return

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Parler CEO says social media app, favored by Trump supporters, may not return

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Parler CEO says social media app, favored by Trump supporters,
may not return


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As a procession of business vendors severed ties with the two-year-old site following the storming of the US Capitol
last week, Matze said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday (Jan 12) that he does not know when or if it will
return.

"It could be never," he said. "We don't know yet."

After this story was published, Matze added: "I am an optimist. It may take days, it may take weeks but Parler will
return and when we do we will be stronger."

Matze said that Parler was talking to more than one cloud computing service but refused to disclose names,
citing the likelihood of harassment for the companies involved. He said the best thing would be if Parler could get
back on Amazon.com.

Parler, which claims it had more than 12 million users, on Monday filed a lawsuit against Amazon's cloud computing
division.

Amazon cut off the social media platform, which styles itself as a "free-speech" space and is favoured by supporters
of US President Donald Trump, from its servers this weekend for failing to effectively moderate violent content.

In the interview, Matze said its relationship with Amazon appeared to deteriorate overnight and without much
warning, an assessment that Amazon disputes in legal filings.

As late as this summer, Amazon invited Parler to join an initiative to connect it with potential investors, Matze said,
which was independently confirmed by a source who characterised the offer as standard for start-up customers.

Amazon later ended the program and did not secure funding for Parler, the source said. Matze said the company
did not need more funding at the time.

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