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Parler sues Amazon for site takedown, citing antitrust violation

Parler sues Amazon for site takedown, citing antitrust violation”

Apple and Amazon have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, maintaining that the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.

Matze says he won't give up on Parler and the app will return in the future with a few necessary tweaks to allow for a safe environment while advocating for free speech and respecting the privacy of users.

Parler is preferred by many supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and it is seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter.

Parler's lawsuit got off to a stumbling start. Solo practitioner David Groesbeck, of Spokane, has previously represented local businesses in licensing, real estate and property disputes.

Amazon declined to comment on the filing.

Groesbeck filed the suit from an Olympia address owned by lobbyist Tom McBride.

Parler Chief Executive Officer John Matze said the company had sought alternatives after it was notified by Amazon it would terminate its cloud computing support at midnight Sunday in California.

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Amazon's response contended that there is no merit to Parler's claims. The platform further accuses Amazon Web Services of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Apple officials, however, said that Parler's failure to moderate its content was a violation of their terms of service.

Violent content only grew after the January 6 insurrection, according to Amazon's response. By yanking Parler's hosting, Amazon effectively put the final nail in Parler's coffin.

The lawsuit comes after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol and as many consider the role that tech companies play in giving platforms to those seeking to incite violence. "Parler has no likelihood of prevailing on the merits, and the balance of equities and public interest strongly tip against an injunction". Parler can not hold Amazon "liable ... for enforcing the agreement's express terms".

Parler's complaint said that Amazon's decision to nix its contract has made the social network a business "pariah".

Experts tell ABC News that services like Parler - whose app has now been removed from the leading app stores - helped create echo chambers for violence and extremist views, then provided a platform for some of the coordination of last week's attack.



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