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Amazon has told Parler, a social media app that's become popular among conservatives and far-right extremists, that it would be cut off from its Amazon Web Services hosting by midnight Pacific Time on Sunday, BuzzFeed first reported and Amazon confirmed to Axios.

Driving the news: Earlier Saturday, Apple said it had suspended Parler from its App Store. Both companies cited concerns over threats of violence and inadequate content moderation on the service.

What they're saying: "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety," an Apple spokesperson told Axios in an email.

Why it matters: Parler was widely touted as one of the networks to which President Trump might go after being banned from Twitter and Facebook.

  • Apple's move means iPhone users won't be able to download Parler's app, but could continue to access it on any mobile or desktop device via its website.
  • Amazon's move is even graver, since Parler runs on Amazon Web Services' cloud computing platform — and losing that shuts the whole service down.
  • Parler's CEO said it might be offline for as long as a week while it "rebuilds from scratch."

Of note: Apple told Parler on Friday it had received several complaints that the app had been used to help plan and facilitate last Wednesday's deadly siege on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

  • It gave Parler a day to present a plan to better moderate harmful content or else it would be removed from the App Store. Parler will be able to return to the App Store if it comes up with such a plan, Apple said.

Yes, but: That's unlikely to happen. Parler's whole pitch to users is that it promotes free speech and won't crack down on politically objectionable content.

Our thought bubble: These moves follow an earlier one by Google Play suspending Parler without any grace period.

  • As the app gatekeepers flex substantial power, they’re also keeping an eye on what each other is doing.

Between the lines: Despite being spiked from both major mobile app stores, Parler remains accessible on any mobile or desktop device via its website.

For the record: Parler was the No. 1 app in Apple's App Store this weekend prior to the tech giant suspending the service.

  • New York Times journalist Jack Nicas first reported news of Apple's move.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout and clarified the timing by which Parler will lose its Amazon hosting.

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Jan 27, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

Scoop: Amazon Fresh eyes multiple Twin Cities locations

An Amazon Fresh store in California. Photo: Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Amazon is planning a big entry into the Twin Cities grocery market beyond just the Burnsville store we told you about on Tuesday.

What's happening: Amazon also wants to bring checkout-free Fresh stores to Eagan Town Centre and a former JCPenney store in Coon Rapids' Riverdale Village, Nick confirmed with his sources.

U.S. ambassador to Russia will return home briefly: State Department

John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, during a briefing in Moscow in 2015. Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS via Getty Images

The State Department said Monday that the U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, will now be returning to the United States this week before returning to Moscow "in the coming weeks."

Why this matters: The statement, from a State Department spokesperson, comes just hours after Axios reported that Sullivan had indicated he intended to stand his ground and stay in Russia after the Kremlin “advised” him to return home to talk with his team.

Scoop: Leaked Ukraine memo reveals scope of Russia's aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits a military exposition in Sevastopol, Crimea, in Jan. 2020. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russia has been holding last-minute military exercises near commercial shipping lanes in the Black Sea that threaten to strangle Ukraine's economy, according to an internal document from Ukraine's ministry of defense reviewed by Axios.

Why it matters: With the eyes of the world on the massive buildup of troops in eastern Ukraine, the leaked memo shows Russian forces escalating their presence on all sides of the Ukrainian border.