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Parler is now offline after Amazon cut it off, and its CEO said it could be down for up to a week

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  • Social media app Parler is now offline.
  • Amazon booted the app off its web-hosting servers after it said Parler failed to moderate threats of violence.
  • Parler CEO John Matze said the site could be down for up to a week.
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Parler, the social media app popular with supporters of President Donald Trump, is now offline after Amazon booted the platform off its web-hosting service.

Amazon announced its intention to sever ties with Parler on Sunday, saying it “cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others.”

“Because Parler cannot comply with our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety, we plan to suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Insider.

Parler CEO John Matze told Fox News on Sunday that the platform would “get back online as quickly as possible,” and that the site could be down for up to a week.

Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff also told Fox and Friends she believed the company was being “singled out.”

Amazon is not alone in taking action against Parler: Apple and Google both removed the app from their app stores. Apple said it was because Parler had failed to regulate “threats of violence and illegal activity” on its platform, and Google gave a similar line of reasoning.

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