Trump wanted to join Parler under the name ‘Person X,’ CEO claims

Trump wanted to join Parler under the name ‘Person X,’ CEO claims

President
Trump
considered
joining
Parler
under
a
pseudonym
in
the
months
before
the
controversial
social
network
went
dark,
its
chief
executive
claimed
in
court
papers.

Trump
had
thought
about
moving
to
the
Twitter-like
platform

which
was
popular
with
his
supporters

under
the
name
“Person
X”
since
at
least
October
of
last
year,
according
to
Parler
CEO
John
Matze.

The
president’s
purported
plans
were
part
of
the
reason

Amazon
Web
Services
decided
to
boot
Parler
from
its
servers

this
week,
putting
the
fledgling
company
in
an
existential
crisis,
according
to
Matze.

“Based
on
my
interactions
with
AWS
personnel
during
this
period,
I
believe
AWS’s
decision
to
terminate
service
to
Parler
was
based,
not
on
expressed
concerns
about
Parler’s
compliance
with
the
AWS
[Customer]
Agreement,
but
in
part
on
a
desire
to
deny
President
Trump
a
platform
on
any
large
social-media
service,”
Matze
said
in
a
declaration
filed
Wednesday
as
part
of
his
company’s

federal
lawsuit
against
AWS
.

John Matze
Parler
CEO
John
Matze
said
his
app
may
never
return.

Fox
News

Amazon’s
cloud-computing
unit
forced
Parler
offline
Monday
over
concerns
about
its

failure
to
crack
down
on
threats
of
violence

its
users
posted
in
the
wake
of
last
week’s
Capitol
riots.

Parler’s
app

which
has
been
removed
from
Apple
and
Google’s
digital
stores

was
being
downloaded
about
1
million
times
a
day
before
AWS
took
action,
Matze
said.
The
recent
growth
was
partly
fueled
by
Twitter’s
decision
to
ban
Trump
from
its
platform,
which
led
to
a
“widespread
public
expectation”
that
he
would
join
Parler,
according
to
his
filing.

Parler’s
AWS
representative

who
Matze
claimed
was
a
Joe
Biden
supporter

had
questioned
him
by
phone,
email,
text
message
about
his
knowledge
of
Trump’s
plans
to
join
the
platform,
he
said.

“It
was
only
after
Twitter
announced
its
intention
to
terminate
Trump
from
its
platform
that
AWS
expressed
any
concern
about
Parler’s
compliance
with
its
agreement,”
Matze
said
in
the
filing,
which
did
not
explain
why
Trump
allegedly
wanted
to
use
a
pseudonym
on
Parler.

AWS
said
there
was
“no
merit”
to
Matze’s
claims.
The
tech
giant
provides
services
to
customers
across
the
political
spectrum,
but
Parler
was
“unable
or
unwilling”
to
remove
content
encouraging
violence
and
therefore
violated
AWS’
terms
of
service,
according
to
a
company
spokesperson.

“We
made
our
concerns
known
to
Parler
over
a
number
of
weeks
and
during
that
time
we
saw
a
significant
increase
in
this
type
of
dangerous
content,
not
a
decrease,
which
led
to
our
suspension
of
their
services
Sunday
evening,”
the
AWS
spokesperson
said.

The
White
House
did
not
immediately
respond
to
a
request
for
comment.

AWS’
decision
to
boot
Parler

may
kill
the
platform
for
good
,
according
to
Matze.
He
said
other
tech
firms
including
messaging
service
Slack
and
payment
processor
Stripe
have
cut
off
Parler
from
their
services
because
of
Amazon’s
move.

“My
company
is
now
a
social
network
without
a
network,”
Matze
said
in
the
filing.
“By
turning
off
Parler’s
online
capabilities,
AWS
has
crushed
our
business’s
growth
and
eviscerated
its
ability
to
function
as
a
going
concern.”

Parler logo
Matze
said
Slack
and
payment
processor
Stripe
have
cut
off
Parler
from
their
services.

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