Parler has filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon after the tech giant booted it off its servers.
Parler representatives say that Amazon violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by forcing it offline in violation of its contractual agreement.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) warned Parler it would kick it off its web hosting platform if it didn’t moderate comments AWS deemed threatening in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
After Parler went dark earlier today, the company filed suit in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington. Around the same time, Parler CEO John Matze called into Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” to discuss the latest developments with host Maria Bartiromo and why he’s frustrated by the staggering hypocrisy from left-wing social media sites:
Fox Business’ Evie Fordham has more:
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” Parler claims in its filing. “AWS is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in combination with Defendant Twitter. AWS is also breaching it[s] contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler with a thirty-day notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty-hour notice AWS actually provided. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future.”
Parler claims that it is being discriminated against because it is in direct competition with social media giant Twitter.
“Last month, Defendant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (“AWS”) and the popular social media platform Twitter signed a multi-year deal so that AWS could support the daily delivery of millions of tweets. AWS currently provides that same service to Parler, a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter,” the filing reads.
“When Twitter announced two evenings ago that it was permanently banning President Trump from its platform, conservative users began to flee Twitter en masse for Parler. The exodus was so large that the next day, yesterday, Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store.”