The social media platform Parler, which is particularly popular with supporters of US President Trump, has experienced a lot of headwind after the storm on the Capitol. Specifically, this not only meant the expulsion from Google and Apple, but Amazon also gave Parler notice without notice.
Parler, which is also often described as “right-wing Twitter”, was dropped by all major IT companies after the latest riots. The reason for this is that the network is accused of having been the central organizational platform for the storming of the Capitol and of having done nothing against calls for violence and murder. Specifically, that meant the expulsion from the two relevant mobile app stores and also the termination of the Amazon cloud service (AWS).
Lawsuit against Amazon
The AWS expulsion, in particular, means a complete shutdown for Parler, because without the cloud infrastructure the service no longer exists de facto. And Parler reacted immediately to the ban because yesterday they filed a lawsuit against Amazon. In it, Parler accuses the AWS operator of the fact that the expulsion “is obviously motivated by political animosity”.
The social network also believes that how to expel is illegal because Amazon did not give a 30-day notice period. Parler also argues that Amazon, together with Twitter, is violating anti-monopoly laws.
Amazon has dismissed the allegations against SlashGear as unfounded: “AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine what content they allow. However, it is clear that it is based on Parler has material content that encourages and incites violence against others and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove such content, in violation of our Terms of Service. “
Amazon also writes that Parler was made aware of its concerns weeks ago. However, during this time, Amazon saw “a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease”, which led to the suspension of its services.