Groot tegnologie giants Amazon, appel en Google gave no indication to upstart social media platform Parler until the very last moment that their threats to pull the plug were “deadly serious,” Parler CEO John Matze told “Lewe, Vryheid & Levin” in 'n onderhoud wat Sondagaand uitgesaai is.
The weekend following the deadly Jan. 6 oproer by die Amerikaanse. Kapitool, Parler was booted off Google Play and the Apple App Store. Kort daarna, Amazon Web Services disconnected Parler from its servers after giving just 24 hours notice.
“It’s very, very interesting that they all, on the exact same day without previously indicating, they never indicated to us that there was any serious or material problem with our app,” Matze told host Mark Levin. “But on the same day, jy weet, all on the same day, they send us these very threatening notices.
“So we said, ‘OK, let’s call this. Let’s see what you know, let’s see what Google said. O, they actually never emailed us and we have no way to contact them,'” hy het bygevoeg. “OK, so Google is out. appel … we called our rep, and they basically shrugged it off and made no indication that this was deadly serious, despite … their email being very serious.
“And Amazon, as usual, [was] basically saying, ‘Ag, I never saw any material problems. There’s no issues.’ Jy weet, they were played it off very nonchalantly. And so we had still even, jy weet, on the 8th and the 9th, jy weet, we had no real indication that this was, jy weet, deadly serious.”
According to Matze, Parler was the fastest-growing social media platform in the first days of 2021.
On some of the last days before we got the ax from Amazon Web Services, we had almost almost a million new accounts created on that last day,” hy het gesê. “We were number one on the App Store. We were above Facebook, we were above TikTok, we were above YouTube, above Instagram, above every app on the App Store in the United States. We were number one before we got the ax.”
Wat meer is, the CEO said, Parler’s business model had been proven to work.
“Jy weet, our ads were not intrusive. We were not using data to kind of predict people or mine people’s data,” Matze said. “We were presenting ads in a very what I like to describe as humane way so that we were doing what I think is best for ads, which is respecting people’s privacy. We were making tremendous amounts of revenue from organic small businesses and helping them out. And so we’ve proved our model. We proved our growth in the marketplace.”