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Amazon tears up Parler’s lawsuit, calling company “unable or unwilling” to visit police site – Deadline

UPDATED with Amazon comment, 4:11 PM. Amazon responded to a lawsuit brought by Speak earlier in the day after the tech giant’s web services arm let the fledgling social network shut down after spreading bogus allegations of voter fraud and playing a role in the last Wednesday siege on the US Capitol.

“These claims are baseless,” an Amazon Web Services spokesperson said in a statement. “AWS provides technology and services to customers from all political walks of life, and we respect the right of Speaking to determine for itself what content it will allow. However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and Parler is unable or unwilling to identify and promptly remove such content, which is a violation of our terms of service. ‘use. We raised 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, which led to their services being suspended on Sunday night.

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PREVIOUS, 10:54 AM: Parler has filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon for supporting its website.

The social network is known to host many people banned by Twitter, YouTube, and other tech platforms. This open-door policy has resulted in the upstart company in a backlash over the riots on the U.S. Capitol and its willingness to play a role in spreading lies about the 2020 election and other matters.

After warning that he was going to be released due to what he saw as messages from Speaking directly contributing to violence from supporters of President Donald Trump, Amazon Web Services followed suit today and the site went dark. Hours later, Parler filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

The complaint (read it here) accuses the tech giant of interfering with a competitor’s business by eliminating political rhetoric it disagrees with. “AWS’s decision to effectively close the Talk account is apparently motivated by political animosity,” the lawsuit says. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging service market for the benefit of Twitter.”

Removing the support is “the equivalent of pulling the plug on a patient hospitalized in intensive care. This will kill the Talking business – just as it is about to skyrocket.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has frequently argued with Trump over a number of issues, to a more public extent than any differences he has had with other tech CEOs.

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In addition to violating antitrust law, Amazon also violated its contract, Parler argues. (The contract is included as one long piece with the main deposit.) The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order, the restoration of Speak to AWS, as well as unspecified damages.

The Amazon call followed the removal of the Talk app from the Apple and Google app stores over the weekend. Tech companies have all determined that continuing to facilitate the app could promote violence, given that many Donald Trump supporters have recently turned to Speak. The attack on the U.S. Capitol last week followed waves of posts on Speak promoting false allegations of voter fraud and stirring up outrage that led to the deadly incursion into Washington.

Twitter and Facebook have banned Trump from their platforms, and a number of others have done the same, after the president repeatedly urged his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. Unlike Speak, Twitter used to report or sometimes suppress posts spreading lies about the election, the results of which have been reaffirmed by dozens of courts that have dismissed lawsuits by Trump and his supporters. Parler’s explosive growth in 2020 is due in large part to its drive to offer users a platform that would not explicitly restrict speech.

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Several social media figures banned elsewhere flocked to the site, including familiar figures like Fox News commentator Dan Bongino. While other social media companies have finally started taking action in 2020 to report or limit posts after initially claiming that they shouldn’t be held responsible for what their users say or do, Talk widely held on. Its motto: “Read the news. Speak freely. “

Another major societal issue, Covid-19, has also had a problematic presence on Parler since 2020. Anti-vaccine rants, false claims about coronavirus science and other material are circulating freely on the platform.

The lawsuit notes an agreement announced last month between AWS and Twitter and says a major driver of Talk’s growth is the shift of users from Twitter to Talk. Last Friday, the day Twitter banned Trump, installs of the Talk app rose 355%, according to the lawsuit.

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