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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Parler Sues Amazon for Platform Takedown

Parler has sued Amazon for alleged antitrust violation, breach of contract, and unlawful business interference after it stopped stop hosting the social platform.

Parler has sued Amazon for alleged antitrust violation, breach of contract, and unlawful business interference after it stopped stop hosting the social platform.

Parler alleged that Amazon’s decision was anti-competitive and politically motivated which breached a contract that entailed Amazon’s cloud-hosting service (AWS) supporting posts published on Parler.

“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, ” said the complaint. 

According to Parler, Amazon was required to provide a 30-day notice before terminating service.

Parler also asked a federal judge to order Amazon to reinstate its platform after it was removed on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

Amazon already warned Parler over the weekend that it had seen a steady increase in violent content on the site and said Parler’s was not doing anything about it in reference to the recent insurrection at the Capitol.

Apple and Google had already dropped removed Parler from its Play Stores for the same reasons mentioned by Amazon.

The CEO of  Parler John Matze said that what happened to his company would put anyone out of business.

“I never thought I would be living in a country where this would happen,” said Matze.

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