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Parler, Amazon Web Services

‘Not A Close Call’: Court Strikes Down Parler’s Request Asking Amazon To Put Site Back Online

1/21/2021 11:50:00 PM

Parler ’s claims are “inaccurate and unsupported” by evidence, the judge wrote.

Parler’s attempt to force Amazon Web Services to put its site back online while a lawsuit against the company is ongoing, saying Thursday that the right-wing social messaging platform has “fallen far short” of demonstrating its legal claims will succeed.

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The Parler logo. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesKey FactsParler sued Amazonafter the company said it would no longer host the social network on its servers, due to threats of violence on Parler both before and in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

Parler alleged Amazon violated antitrust laws and breached its contract with the company, and filed a request for a temporary restraining order to keep the site up as the litigation moves forward, arguing that delaying the site from going back up “by even one day could...sound Parler’s death knell.”

While the full case is still pending, U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein struck down Parler’s restraining order request, saying the company has not demonstrated its claims are likely to succeed on the merits.“Parler has proffered only faint and factually inaccurate speculation” to justify its antitrust claims, the judge wrote, and “has failed to raise more than the scantest speculation that AWS’s actions were taken for an improper purpose or by improper means.”

“The likelihood of Parler prevailing on its claims is not a close call,” Rothstein wrote, saying Parler’s claims “at this time are both inaccurate and unsupported, and are disputed by evidence submitted by AWS.”Crucial Quote“The Court explicitly rejects any suggestion that the balance of equities or the public interest favors obligating AWS to host the kind of abusive, violent content at issue in this case, particularly in light of the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol,” Rothstein wrote. “That event was a tragic reminder that inflammatory rhetoric can—more swiftly and easily than many of us would have hoped—turn a lawful protest into a violent insurrection.”

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😂 Good. worst news of the day Twitter has incited more violence than Parler ever thought about. They should be dropped from all severs The reckoning of truth is that you have devalued yourself into oblivion. I see they tried to Giuliani this through the courts - and yet again the whole lack of evidence thing seems to be the downfall of that approach

'inaccurate and unsupported by evidence' could be Parler's slogan amazon is corrupted like their 46 Companies can deny service to any gay wedding cake they want. XII. 'That the people have a right to freedom of speech, and of writing, and publishing their sentiments; therefore the freedom of the press ought not to be restrained.'