Parler Drops Federal Legal Case Against Amazon, Refiles in Washington State Court

Parler, a social media platform popular among conservatives, has dropped its federal lawsuit against Amazon Web Services, opting to file a different lawsuit against the company instead. 

Originally, the federal lawsuit was filed in January after Amazon Web Services, Parler’s website host,suspended Parlor’s platform amid concerns that the content could lead to further political unrest. Parler responded by suing Amazon Web Services. 

In January, a federal judge ruled against Parler’s request that Amazon be forced to reinstate the platform, but allowed Parler’s case to proceed. 

However, on Tuesday, Parler’s legal team dropped its federal suit from January. Meanwhile, in a Washington state court, Parler’s new suit claims Amazon only suspended Parlor due to its popularity, particularly after Donald Trump was banned from Twitter and Facebook. 

During the filing, Parler attorney Angelo Calfo said, “The true reason why AWS (Amazon Web Services) decided to suspend and/or terminate its contract with Parler was not because of any alleged breach of the contract, but because AWS did not want Parler to be able to provide a new platform to conservative voices, including Donald Trump, or to compete effectively with other microblogging platforms such as Twitter.” 

In an emailed statement obtained by Bloomberg, an Amazon representative wrote, there are “no merit to these claims” and that “we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow.” However, the representative further explained, “as shown by the evidence in Parler’s federal lawsuit, it was clear that there was significant content on Parler that encouraged and incited violence against others, which is a violation of our terms of service.”

After more than a month offline, Parler returned to the web, its platform now hosted by SkySilk. 

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