Okta co-founder and CEO Todd McKinnon defended the company’s decision to cut ties to the Parler social network following a deadly pro-Trump uprising last week at the U.S. Capitol.
In an interview on CNBC’s “Closing Bell”, McKinnon criticized Parler for not being able to adequately control posts on its platform, and denied concerns that such actions restrict free expression.
“We love free speech a lot. In fact, we have clients in different political groups ̵1; news organizations, candidates – and we trust that very much,” said McKinnon, a security software company. And identity management
“We don’t believe in illegal activities and platforms that support illegal activities, and obviously, in this case, Parler is not trying to suppress the threat of terrorism, incitement to violence, terrorism planning, and the need for a more serious threat.” McKinnon added, “That’s what crossed the line for us.”
Okta announced the decision to end Parler’s access to the software in a tweet Sunday morning. It claims that an alternative social network which attracts conservative users. But also the far-right extremists are trying the product for free.
San Francisco-based Okta did not expect companies that use their services to be “perfect” with content moderation, McKinnon said, “as long as they try and have a policy to abide by the law.”
A screenshot of the Parler app, viewed by CNBC, shows users posting a reference to the firing squad, along with a call to bring the weapons up to the release of elected President Joe Biden for the week. page
Okta’s action came shortly after Amazon Web Services announced it would no longer provide cloud services to Parler, citing the “Violent Content” on the platform, the platform violates the AWS Terms of Service.
In response, Parler sued Amazon and accused the Seattle-based company of violating antitrust laws. An Amazon spokesperson previously told CNBC that Parler’s claims were disapproved.
Google and Apple have also removed the Parler app from their app stores. Apple said Parler was unable to take “adequate measures to combat the spread” of the threat on its platform.
Parler has now been out of the line, founder and CEO John Matze said in a statement Monday that the shutdown was likely longer than expected. First released in 2018
“This is not due to software restrictions, we have everyone’s software and data readily available,” Matze wrote, “but Amazon, Google and Apple statements to the media about reducing our access to sellers. Most of the others didn’t support us either. “
Parler did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on McKinnon’s remarks.
– Annie Palmer of CNBC contributed to this report.