On Sunday, Amazon will kick Parler — the conservative social media platform that brands itself as a “free speech” alternative to sites like Twitter — off of its web-hosting service, potentially putting an end to a site that has become a nexus of extremism.
Amazon’s decision, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News on Saturday, comes after the Apple App Store and Google Play Store decided to remove Parler from their respective app stores this week, limiting its potential reach.
The push to take action against Parler follows decisions this week by Twitter and Facebook to ban President Donald Trump from their platforms for inciting violence — and thus deprives the president of what could have been an alternative to those services. Many conservatives aggrieved with those platforms have fled to Parler in recent months.
It’s a sudden downfall for the app, which has been under fierce scrutiny this week for its role in providing a forum to the extremists who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, leaving at least five people dead.
Ahead of the attack, Trump supporters used Parler — as well as services like Gab and the online forum TheDonald.win, a Reddit-like spinoff built upon a community previously banned from the main Reddit site — to plan their assault.