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All-Out War Ensues Between Parler And Amazon

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On Monday, the social media site Parler focused on allowing freedom of speech, fought back against left-wing behemoth Amazon after they nuked the site and removed it from the internet.

Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon, claiming that Amazon’s suspension of Parler violated antitrust laws and breached the contract between the two entities.

As Parler was forced offline Monday morning, CEO John Matze said that the site would try to “get back online as quickly as possible” but warned that the platform could be down for as long as a week.

Reuters reported, “Amazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit for violating AWS’s terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the letter was authentic.”

Amazon claimed that Parler – in their eyes – presented a “very real risk to public safety.”

The lawsuit filed by Parler starts by asserting, “Last Month, Defendant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (‘AWS’) and the popular social media platform Twitter signed a multi-year deal so that AWS could support the daily delivery of millions of tweets. AWS currently provides that same service to Parler, a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter.”

After noting that Twitter’s permanent ban on President Trump from its platform had catalyzed conservative users to move to Parler and that as a result “Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store,” the lawsuit notes AWS’ announcement that it would suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59 PM PST.

“AWS was not confident Parler could properly police its platform regarding content that encourages or incites violence against others,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit points out, “However, Friday night one of the top trending tweets on Twitter was ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ But AWS has no plans nor has it made any threats to suspend Twitter’s account.”

The lawsuit further claims that “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus. It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter. Thus, AWS is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in combination with Defendant Twitter. AWS is also breaching its contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler with a thirty-day notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty-hour notice AWS actually provided. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future.”

The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order against Amazon to stop it from “shutting down Parler’s account at the end of today.”

“Doing so is the equivalent of pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support,” the suit reads. “It will kill Parler’s business—at the very time it is set to skyrocket.”

Parler is fighting on the side of free speech as left-wing tech giants comprised mostly of Biden supporters have targeted the platform in an attempt to stomp out conservatives voices in the online world all together.

Over the weekend, both Apple and the Google app stores stopped allowing Parler to be downloaded – virtually making it impossible for Americans to find the app. The Amazon move, however, completely deletes the platform from the internet.

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