Right-Wing Social Network Parler Files New Lawsuit Against Amazon
Parler is still alive and kicking — and the right-wing social media company, which styles itself as an “unbiased” home for conservatives, is still trying to wring money out of Ama…
and posted videos and other content from the riot.In the new lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Parler said Amazon defamed the social app by making it a scapegoat for the Jan. 6 insurrection. The company complained that Twitter and Facebook also hosted content related to attack. “Because of
AWS’s malicious defamatory statements, Parler’s public reputation suffered severe damage and Parler has had many potential service providers refuse to work with it, hampering and delaying its ability to get back online,” the company said in the suit.Parler, whose backers include GOP donor Rebekah Mercer, seeks unspecified monetary damages from Amazon. The complaint, first reported by NPR, is available at
this link.Parler’s new lawsuit also alleged, without evidence, that Amazon’s motives in kicking it offline were anticompetitive. The AWS group “learned that former President Donald Trump” was among prominent conservatives “likely to switch from Twitter to Parler,” and “AWS was clearly concerned about that possibility” after signing a new contract with Twitter, the company’s suit claimed. (Donald Trump, who was headtopics.com
permanently banned from Twitterand suspended by other platforms after the events of Jan. 6, has not set up an official account on Parler.)In a statement, an Amazon rep said in part, “AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow. However, as shown by the evidence in Parler’s federal lawsuit, it was clear that there was significant content on Parler that encouraged and incited violence against others, which is a violation of our terms of service.”
Moreover, Parler “was unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which coupled with an increase in this type of dangerous violent content, led to our suspension of their services,” the Amazon rep said.According to Parler’s latest lawsuit, “AWS had known that Parler used a reactive system to deal with problematic content — and not once had AWS said that such a system was insufficient or in violation of the parties’ contract.” Parler’s breach-of-contract charge against AWS cites a provision giving customers 30 days to address any violations of their hosting agreement before it is terminated.
After going dark for several weeks, Parler’s website returned online in mid-February and is now hosted by internet-infrastructure firm SkySilk. The app remains unavailable on Apple’s App Store or Google Play, after those companies suspended Parler over inflammatory violent content, although an Android version is available to download directly from the company’s site.
In January, afederal judge denied Parler’s request for a preliminary injunction to force AWS to reinstate service. “The court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler’s users have engaged in,” the judge wrote in the ruling. headtopics.com
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