Tech giants Amazon, Google, and Apple have all suspended social-media app Parler, in an attempted crackdown on what the companies viewed as dangerous content following the pro-Trump riots on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Parler, whose format is similar to Twitter, has catered to right-wing users disappointed at what they perceive as censorship by other social-media platforms. However, several Big Tech companies grew increasingly concerned by calls for violence appearing on the site, after President Trump incited a mob of his supporters to head to the Capitol while Congress certified the Electoral College results.
The mob breached the Capitol and forced lawmakers to evacuate, and dozens of police officers were injured in the melee. One officer was killed, while one rioter was shot and killed.
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood used Parler to call for the execution of Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, writing, “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST.” Parler CEO John Matze later told Mediaite that Wood’s post was removed.