- The far-right social-media app Parler has been dropped from Amazon’s cloud platform and removed from Google’s and Apple’s app stores in the wake of last week’s insurrection at the US Capitol.
- Publicly viewable records showed Parler was using Microsoft’s Exchange Online as an email provider as of Wednesday morning. Microsoft and Parler did not return requests for comment by the time of publication.
- Internal Microsoft discussions viewed by Insider indicate Parler is a customer of the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite — and dozens of employees are debating what to do about the situation.
- Some think that Microsoft following its peers in dropping Parler would be an overreach: “I personally hope that we just let them be,” one employee wrote.
- Other employees say Microsoft should follow Amazon’s lead in removing Parler: “They set an example I would be proud of my employer to follow,” one wrote.
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Parler, the social-media app favored by supporters of President Donald Trump, was removed from Apple’s and Google’s app stores on Friday in the wake of last week’s deadly riot at the US Capitol.
Not long afterward, many of Parler’s service providers — most prominently, Amazon Web Services — cut ties as well, leaving the app offline and in limbo as it searches for a new web host. Twilio, Okta, and Zendesk removed Parler from their platforms over the weekend.
But Parler was an active customer of Microsoft Office 365 as of Sunday, apparently using