Parler Sues Amazon for Shutting Down Site, Claims Amazon 'Motivated by Political Animus'

Nick Kangadis | January 11, 2021
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Well that didn't take long.

Free speech social media outlet Parler has sued Amazon on Monday, claiming that Amazon Web Services unjustly shut down their website early Monday morning out of "political animus."

According to Reuters:

In an antitrust complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Seattle, Parler accused Amazon of hypocrisy for suggesting a lack of confidence it could police its platform, including by finding and removing content that encouraged violence.

Parler said Amazon Web Services shut down its account on Sunday night despite making no threats to suspend Twitter Inc , where it said one of the top-trending tweets on Friday night had been “Hang Mike Pence,” the U.S. vice president.

Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have allowed "activist" organizations and groups to "organize" and "mobilize," many events which ended up including some form of violence.

Here's part of what the complaint from Parler read:

AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus. Parler has not only lost current and future customers, but Parler has also been unable to find an alternative web hosting company. In short, AWS false claims have made Parler a pariah.