Amazon quickly killed Parler—but was slower to remove ‘Kill All Republicans’ shirt
Amazon sells almost everything on its website, from pie crusts to iPhones. The exhaustive catalog even includes dozens of violent and grotesque messages on clothing—including, until recently, a shirt displaying the slogan, “Kill All Republicans.”
Note that Parler was removed from Amazon Web Services—effectively taking the Twitter-alternative offline and potentially keeping it down forever—for the following reason: “A steady increase in this violent content on your website,” according to an email sent from Amazon to Parler, obtained by Buzzfeed.
It seems Amazon’s own site has its own violent content to worry about.
The black and red shirt, sold by Florence & Partner, was first made available on Amazon on August 2, according to an archived version of the t-shirt sale page. It was recently taken down.
There are, however, hundreds of examples of shirts with terrible messaging that were/are available on Amazon. See a list published by LifeSiteNews here.
Products included a “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” shirt, a flag showing President Trump shooting himself, dozens of ACAB merchandise, and a shirt with the saying “hospitalize your local fascist” with a bloody knife—as reported by LifeNews.
The Amazon Terms of Service reads, “Amazon does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views. We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.”
The giant company owns around 33 percent of the worldwide cloud infrastructure market—giving it the ability to tank Parler during a season that would have been massive for the free speech application.
As previously reported by this site, Parler went offline on Jan. 11 because of its lack of censorship and moderation on the platform. This came after Google and Apple removed the app from their app stores.
“Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported 98 examples to Parler of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence,” an email from Amazon Web Services to Parler reads. “It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service. It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation.”
While Parler is scrabbling to find another provider to get the necessary infrastructure to get online, Amazon is taking its time taking down violent shirts and objects from its own site.
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