Shawn Ng

Parler Cautionary Tale

Parler is an American alt-tech microblogging and social networking company. Parler's services have a significant user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists.

On 10th January 2021,  Amazon Web Services canceled Parler hosting services.

My Thoughts

Frankly, I don't give a damn about Parler. I only learn about its existence when AWS announced that they are kicking Parler off the platform.

Before this incident, I have view AWS favorably. When I startup, AWS will be my go-to choice. Now, seeing how Parler gets terminated, I am having second thoughts.

The official reason AWS cancel Parler's account: repeated violations of its terms of service, and a lack, on the social network’s part, of any strategy for dealing with “a steady increase in violent content”

I check AWS service terms and give up after reading the first paragraph as I believe no one without a legal background understands it. My point is that I think most developers (including me) blindly trust AWS and don't think we might get terminated for unforeseen political reasons.

I use the word "political" because I don't think that Parler is illegal in America's legal system, with my limited understanding as an outsider. If the social network is responsible for everything posted on their platform, and what they have is illegal, I think Twitter and Facebook might have the same problem.

I get that it's hard not to have any political involvement when it is the world's biggest tech company.

I prefer to use a service that won't be terminate regardless of any reason (including political and government reasons) unless I fail to pay the bill. Perhaps no business offers this. I suppose to avoid this situation, self-hosting is the solution.

2021-01-12

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