Seattle-area web services company Epik said it has not had communications with Parler, the social media platform in the spotlight following the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Amazon Web Services said on Saturday that it would suspend Parler on Sunday before midnight, citing a violation of its terms of service due to calls for violence on the platform.
Getting booted from AWS would take Parler offline and means the site would need to find a new hosting service.
In a lengthy statement posted on Epikâ€™s website, the company said â€œno communication has been received by them for discussion of future service provision.â€�
Epik, founded in 2009, has become known for hosting websites that were previously blocked off by other providers. In 2018, it hosted Gab.com,Â the site that was dropped by GoDaddy and other companies in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Epik also temporarily helped 8chan get back online in 2019 after the site was tied to far-right extremism and connected to a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, but changed course two days later.
In its statement, Epik does not say whether it is open to working with Parler in the future. The company calls out the â€œstaggering size of Twitter and Facebookâ€� and said it has â€œclosely observed the battle between oversized monopolies and smaller platforms.â€�
â€œThe notion that Big Tech has pushed for centralized control over all future narratives is very real,â€� writes Robert Davis, senior vice president of communications.
Parler has become popular in recent months as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, which bothÂ banned President Trump last week following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Apple and Google have removed Parler from their respective app stores over the past few days. Apple said it received complaints that Parler was used to plan and coordinate the Capitol riots, BuzzFeed reported.
Parlerâ€™s CEO said Sunday that other businesses have also stopped working with the social media company.
In 2018, Monster defended the decision to host Gab.com in a lengthy blog post that included the line â€œde-platforming is digital censorship.â€�
â€œDe-platforming a haven of free speech is not about left or right,â€� Monster wrote.
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