Parler Sues Amazon After Hosting Service Bans Free Speech Site from Internet
By Movieguide® Staff
Parler, a free-speech platform that became the alternative—and competitor—to Twitter, filed a lawsuit against Amazon after the company removed the social media site from its server hosting service.
Parler has sued Amazon Web Services for alleged antitrust violations after the company cut off webhosting services. Complaint here: https://t.co/JmN9oyNKkt
— Leah AntiTrustButVer1fy Nylen (@leah_nylen) January 11, 2021
This comes immediately after Apple and Google Play removed Parler from their respective application stores for “inciting violence.”
Parler claims in the lawsuit that Amazon Web Services’ decision violates antitrust laws and breaches their contract, which requires a 30 days’ notice before termination of the platform.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the lawsuit reads. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
The emergency lawsuit also claims that Amazon’s decision will ‘kill Parler’s’ business.
“Doing so is the equivalent of pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support,” adding, “It will kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” the lawsuit reads.
Movieguide® previously reported on Apple’s ban of the platform:
The news comes after Apple threatened to block access to Parler on Friday. The big tech companies claim that conservatives used Parler to incite the riots, violence, and protests at the United States Capitol.
Many conservatives moved to Parler after major social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Google, started to increase their censorship.
While Parler claims it is a free speech platform, they do have community guidelines and do not allow the inciting of violence.
Parler removed several posts from Lin Wood, a lawyer associated with President Donald Trump, who called for Vice President Mike Pence’s execution: “Get the firing squads ready. Pence goes FIRST.”
Amazon has declined to make any comments in regards to the lawsuit so far.