Amazon reportedly plans to hire a small group of individuals in its Amazon Web Services division that will work with outside researchers to monitor rule-violating content. This could result in Amazon, which currently holds 40 percent of the cloud service market share according to the research firm Gartner, becoming one of the most powerful online content controllers on the internet.
Breitbart News has reported extensively on Amazon’s removal of the free-speech focused social media app Parler from its platform. In January of this year, Breitbart News reported:
The social media website Parler has been taken offline after its hosting account was suspended by Amazon Web Services which claimed that the site failed to adequately moderate content on its platform.
In an email to Parler, Amazon stated: “Recently, we’ve seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms. It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service.”
The email added: “It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation. You remove some violent content when contacted by us or others, but not always with urgency.”
Thank you Amazon for removing a number of products promoting racist propaganda from your website. https://t.co/MtCb9izeEK
— Keith Ellison (@keithellison) August 2, 2018