Trump wanted to join Parler as 'Person X': CEO John Matze - Business Insider

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Parler CEO John Matze has accused Amazon Web Services of sending Parler offline in part to deny President Donald Trump further social-media presence.
President Donald Trump considered creating an account on Parler under the pseudonym "Person X," its CEO, John Matze, said Wednesday.

Matze argued in a court filing that Parler's web host, Amazon Web Services, was aware of this since at least October and that the possibility of Trump joining Parler was part of the reason AWS cut ties with the network on Monday.

"There is no merit to these claims," an Amazon spokesperson told Insider.

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President Donald Trump considered creating an account on Parler, the social-media app popular with his followers, under the pseudonym "Person X," Parler CEO John Matze said in a court filing Wednesday.

Matze went on to allege that Amazon Web Services was aware of these plans and actually terminated its contract with Parler this week in part to deny Trump a further social-media presence.

AWS cutting off Parler on Monday took the app offline, and Matze believes it may never come back.

AWS said Parler "poses a very real risk to public safety," and Google and Apple barred the app from their app stores. Parler had become a haven for far-right activity and misinformation because of its lax stance on moderating content, and some users called for further violence during the US Capitol riot on January 6.

Matze's filing Wednesday came after the social-media network hit AWS with an antitrust lawsuit. The filing disputed Amazon's claims that it had repeatedly warned Parler about suspending the platform's contract because of…
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