- The far-right social media platform Parler is suing Amazon for antitrust violations after Amazon banned the website from using its AWS service so as not to moderate threats of violence more effectively.
- Amazon claims that Parler does not effectively control violent threats on its platform, but the lawsuit claims that Amazon’s decision is politically motivated and anti-competitive because it did not take similar action against Twitter, which also uses AWS.
- Parler claims to be committed to free speech and has little moderation policy. He is favored by many on the right, including Trump supporters and Senator Ted Cruz.
- The case comes after pro-Trump insurgents invaded the US Capitol and as many consider the role that technology companies play in providing platforms to those who want to incite violence.
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Parler, a far-right social media service, is suing Amazon for antitrust violations, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
The move comes after Amazon removed Parler from its cloud hosting service after saying Parler had failed to mitigate threats of violence following last week̵
Parler claims that Amazon’s decision is politically motivated and violates an agreement between the two companies that includes Amazon’s cloud hosting service in support of publications published in Parler. According to the case, AWS was required to give Parler 30 days’ notice before the service was terminated.
He also claims that Amazon’s action is anti-competitive because it has not taken similar action against Twitter, Parler’s rival, which also uses AWS.
The statement said that “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account was clearly motivated by political animus. It was also clearly intended to reduce competition in the microblogging services market in favor of Twitter.”
The lawsuit seeks a temporary injunction against AWS to prevent Parler’s account from being suspended at the end of the day.
Amazon did not respond immediately to Insider’s request for comment.
After protesters against Trump stormed the federal building while lawmakers worked to verify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Congress confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. Trump posted tweets during and after the siege, in which he continued to spread more election misinformation, prompting Twitter and Facebook to make unprecedented decisions to permanently suspend Trump from their platforms.
Those on the right have long accused Twitter users of discriminating against conservatives by adding warning labels to their posts and that the faith is backed by developments since last week.
Since Trump was launched, smaller far-right social networks like Parler and Gab have grown in popularity – Parler jumped to number one in Apple’s app store, and Gab said it was gaining 10,000 new users every hour.
Apple and Google have since banned these sites for hate speech violations, and Parler is offline for up to a week after the shutdown of AWS.