GOP Sen. Lee, Rep. Buck press Amazon, Apple, Google for answers on Parler suspension

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020. - Amid rising turmoil in social media, recently formed social network Parler is gaining with prominent political conservatives who claim their voices are being silenced by Silicon Valley giants. Parler, founded in Nevada in 2018, bills itself as an alternative to "ideological suppression" at other social networks. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

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Two Republican lawmakers demanded answers from Amazon, Apple and Google over the removal of the free speech platform Parler. In a letter from Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) Wednesday, the lawmakers said the companies’ actions “seemed to lack procedural fairness” and created “the appearance of close coordination.”

Both Buck and Lee are members of the House and Senate Antitrust Committees and demanded answers by April 15. They want to know how Parler’s account was viewed by the companies as well as who was involved in the final decision to suspend the site.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Capitol Hill on June 02, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 02: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee examining issues facing prisons and jails during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Capitol Hill on June 02, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

 

The move could help Parler build a legal case to return to service.

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