Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday, claiming that its suspension from Amazon’s hosting service violated antitrust laws and violated the companies’ contractual agreement.
In his case, Parler, who is especially popular with conservatives, asked a federal judge to order the platform to be restored online.
The 18-page lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, where Amazon is based, accuses Amazon Web Services (AWS) of applying a politically motivated double standard to Parler, as opposed to treating the more massive Twitter giant on social media. .
“AWS’s decision to effectively close Parler’s account was apparently motivated by political animus,”
The Hill turned to Amazon for comment.
The lawsuit comes a day after Amazon stopped Parler, citing concerns that it could not adequately disclose potentially flammable content, including violent material. It also follows the deadly Trump-inspired uprising in the US Capitol, which left five people dead.
The app saw a huge influx of users between the Mafia attack in the Capitol and when it was downloaded from Amazon Web Services.
Parler saw approximately 825,000 installations from Apple and Google stores between Wednesday and Sunday, up more than 1,000 percent from the same period a week earlier, according to SensorTower data shared with The Hill.
Parler told the court that his newfound popularity explained part of the urgency of the urgent request to lift his suspension.
“This will kill Parler’s business – right at the moment it is set to skyrocket,” the statement said.
Amazon Web Services chose to stop hosting Parler late Sunday night, shortly after other technology giants took action.
Apple and Google app stores – essentially the only places for Americans to download mobile apps – stopped wearing Parler over the weekend.
The furor over the application stems from his role in facilitating last week’s violent riots in the Capitol. Trump supporters and right-wing extremists used the app, which claimed refuge as a freedom of speech, to coordinate and fuel demonstrations that seemingly opposed the certification of the newly elected president Joe BidenJoe Biden Capitol Police Chief accuses House, Senate officials of thwarting National Guard call-up efforts: WaPo PGA announces plans to move the 2022 championship from Trump’s ownershipvictory.
Amazon reportedly highlighted 98 examples of publications on its site that encourage violence in a letter to Parler explaining the decision to withdraw hosting services.
Without access to Amazon Web Services, the app is dark on Monday.
Updated at 1:10 p.m.