AWS switches off Parler
Parler is a social media platform founded in 2018 and presented as a free-speech alternative to other social media sites. Although intended to be bipartisan, marketing efforts toward certain social groups namely conservatives, brought a significant user influx from that side of the political spectrum. As of November 2020, Parler hit the bar of 4 million active users. Not a bad number, but nothing in comparison to social media goliaths Facebook and Twitter – 1,8 billion and 187 million users a day, respectively.
However, 2021 had brought an explosion-like surge in popularity of the app, as a result of the suspension of the US President Donald Trump’s accounts from the above mentioned platforms. The number of downloads of Parler’s app increased to 1 million a day since the supporters of the president stormed out from Facebook and Twitter, making it the most popular app in Google Play and App Store.
It could have been the rise of a new influential social media platform, but it wasn’t. First, Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their stores, and that was only the beginning. On January 10, Amazon, whose famous hosting services Parler used, switched off the company’s servers, rendering it’s site unavailable. Parler CEO, John Matze commented that they had prepared for the events like this by never relying on Amazon’s proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products. However, this action would take the app off the Internet for up to a week. Before this incident occurred, the Chief Policy Officer of the company was even more pessimistic when she said: “If they take their services away from us we’ll be gone.”
The reasons for Amazon’s decision could be somewhat debatable. Regardless of whether you agree or not, the fact remains – you can lose your company overnight if you rely too heavily on solutions offered by such companies like Amazon.
According to Matze’s interview with Fox News every vendor, from SMS services to email providers to lawyers, all ditched the company on January 10, which probably signified the end of Parler.
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So what should you do in order to not put yourself and your business at risk?
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