Parler sues Amazon for removing and loses the struggle
Parler alleged that Amazon broke the contract by removing it without notice. Amazon asked to be different. Parler lost.
Parler, a social media platform, lost a battle against Amazon Web Services (AWS) accusing the popular online marketplace of antitrust violations and breaching a mutual agreement by getting it from removed the site. The 18-page complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, home of Amazon’s headquarters, asking a federal judge to restore Parler’s position online.
“Parler did nothing more than arouse the specter of preferential treatment for Twitter by AWS,” said US District Judge Barbara Rothstein, who was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter, in her decision. “Importantly, Parler has provided no evidence that AWS and Twitter deliberately – or at all – worked together on trade restrictions.”
Parler, popular with those who take a conservative stance, claims the dismantling was politically motivated. The lawsuit alleged that the move was a “double standard” for Parler in contrast to the (Amazon) treatment of the mainstream social media giant Twitter. AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animations. It is also apparently intended to reduce competition in the market for microblogging services in favor of Twitter. “
Erik Hovenkamp, a law professor at the University of Southern California, believes the lawsuit, filed just a day after Parler was removed, never carried much weight. He said, “It’s pretty weak on the cartel side. By far the biggest flaw in the complaint is that it does not claim any facts that would indicate a conspiracy between Amazon and Twitter. “
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In its decision to remove Parler, Amazon cited concerns that it was “unable to adequately screen potentially red-hot content, including material that incites violence.” Since it was not possible to play Watchdog, it was best to shut it down completely. The response contained many examples of potentially harmful content.
Parler’s user base has grown exponentially with the recent inauguration following the attacks on the Capitol and the change of power in the presidency. Parler recorded around 825,000 installations in the Apple and Google stores within four days alone. This corresponds to an increase of more than 1,000 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. This is evident from data collected by SensorTower.
However, the business was largely dependent on AWS. “It will bring Parler’s business to a standstill – right at the point it is going to skyrocket,” read the announcement of the removal from Amazon that alleged Amazon was in breach of its contract, ” by failing to give 30 days’ notice prior to termination of the contract “.
The latter claim was false, Amazon said, insisting that Parler had weeks to remove any posts promoting violence and provided the social media platform with just under 100 samples of problematic content during that period, ” clearly promote and stimulate violence ”.
“We shared our concerns with Parler for several weeks and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease that resulted in us closing their services on Sunday evening,” said an AWS spokesman.
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