Amazon (AMZN) has been sued by conservative social media app Parler over its decision to block Amazon Web Services (AWS) – and at least one AWS competitor would not make a moral judgment about hosting Parler content on its servers. .
The policies of Amazon and the policies of other technology giants that blocked Parler after millions of supporters of President Donald Trump flocked to startups contrast with those adopted by that competitor, Zurich-based CloudSigma, according to its CEO Robert Jenkins.
“I don’t like the idea … of the company creating its own taste and deciding what̵
According to Parler’s suit, AWS effectively shut down Parler’s online platforms on Sunday, suspending its account from the only servers carrying its content. With less than 30 hours of notice, Parler said, Amazon took its offline microblogging platform, violating its service agreement, interfering with contracts between Parler and its users, and violating antitrust laws.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account was apparently motivated by political animus,” the appeal, filed in Seattle Federal District Court, said. “It is also designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market in favor of Twitter.”
Parler CEO John Matze told Fox News that immediately migrating platform data to another provider would be “essentially impossible, especially given the growing difficulty of finding another hosting company to do business with after Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG, (GOOGL)) dropped Parler from their respective app stores. The tech giants have severed ties with Parler over his ties to the brutal siege of Capitol Hill to challenge the results of the presidential election.
Despite its popularity, Matze said several companies with the ability to serve as alternative hosts have already been turned down.
“The technical solution is one; politically it’s something else, “said Jenkins, whose company competes with AWS in hosting and vertical infrastructure markets in countries including the United States, Britain, Switzerland, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.
For its part, Jenkins said, CloudSigma does not judge what is “acceptable” to the platform, but instead bases its services on whether, within the jurisdiction that the company operates, its content violates the law. “We have our own personal opinions, like everyone else, but we will not impose this on the consumer base,” he said, adding that the company relies on law enforcement to prosecute illegal consumer behavior. “So our approach is very clear and for me this is the only defensive position, because you basically rely on local cultural norms – what is permissible in law.”
In a statement sent to Yahoo Finance, an Amazon spokesman said the suit had no merit and that AWS served customers across the political spectrum. “It is clear, however, that Parler has significant content that encourages and incites violence against others,” the spokesman said, “and that Parler is unable or unwilling to identify and remove such content in a timely manner, which is a violation of our terms. for service.”
Parler “does not justify or accept violence on our platform,” Matze said in a statement quoted by Politico. In its lawsuit, the company criticized AWS for imposing a double standard by continuing to host the Twitter platform, although user content called for “Hang Mike Pence.”
Jenkins said he was surprised that Parler had not built its platform for multiple cloud service providers to prevent either technical or deliberate shutdowns by AWS. Given the controversial nature of the platform, another solution could be Parler to purchase its own servers, according to Jenkins.
Several experts told Yahoo Finance this week that Parler’s antitrust claim is likely to fail, although Amazon faces continued scrutiny by US regulators over its online market as well as its cloud services business. The basis of Parler’s breach of contract claims will depend on the content of the agreements reached between the two companies.
“In these well-functioning societies where we work, we do not have to decide the rules. This is ensured by the legal framework, as well as by the government and the people who vote, “Jenkins said. “And you know, if they don’t like something, they can vote to do it illegally. Restrict freedom of speech and we will enforce it. “
Yahoo Finance has requested comment from Parler’s legal counsel and will update this story if it receives a response.
Alexis Keenan is a legal reporter for Yahoo Finance and a former litigation lawyer.
Follow Alexis Keenan on Twitter @alexiskweed.
People who are injured by COVID-19 vaccines find it difficult to receive compensation
Trump administration finalizes rule for independent contractors criticized by labor advocates
Alphabet has a long way to go before it can force Google to bargain, says expert
Follow Yahoo Finance further Twitter,, Facebook,, Instagram,, Flipboard,, SmartNews,, LinkedIn,, YouTube, and reddit.
Find live stock quotes and the latest business and financial news
For tutorials and information on investing and trading stocks, see Dinner