Parler sues Amazon for suspending cloud service app, claims antitrust violation, breach of contract


Alternative social media Talking platform filed a complaint against Amazon Monday following Amazon Web Services’ decision to suspend Talk about its cloud hosting service following last week’s deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Parler seeks temporary injunction to prevent Amazon Web Services (AWS) from blocking Parler and claims Amazon Web Services violates the Sherman Antitrust Act in the deposit.


“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animosity,” Parler said in its filing. “AWS violates Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in association with defendant Twitter. AWS also violates this law.[s] contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler thirty days ‘notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty hours’ notice actually provided by AWS. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with potential economic benefit given the millions of users expected to register in the near future. “

This illustrative image shows the logo for the Talking social media app displayed on a smartphone with its website in the background in Arlington, Va. On July 2, 2020. (OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty Images)

Parler claims he is discriminated against because he competes directly with social media giant Twitter.

“Last month, defendant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (“ AWS ”) and popular social media platform Twitter signed a multi-year agreement so that AWS could take over the daily delivery of millions of tweets. AWS currently provides the same service to Parler, a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter, ”the file said.

“When Twitter announced two nights ago that it was permanently banning President Trump from his platform, conservative users began to flee Twitter en masse to Talk. The exodus was so significant that the next day, yesterday, Speak became the first free app downloaded from the Apple App Store. “

An Amazon Web Services spokesperson told Fox News that there was “no basis” for Parler’s claims.

“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,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “However, it is clear that there is significant content on Speak that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Speak is not able or unwilling to identify and promptly remove this content, which is a problem. violation of our terms of use. We raised our concerns to Parler for several weeks and during that time saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension from their services on Sunday night.

Parler died on Monday morning following AWS’s decision to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service.

During an interview on “Mornings with MariaCEO John Matze told users on Monday to ‘hold on and come back’ as the company determines how to move forward.


“No one has presented any credible information or evidence that, you know, there are issues with Talking that don’t exist on other platforms,” said Matze. “It’s really a double standard.… We see all kinds of threatening content on Twitter, a lot more in fact, in our opinion, and, in fact, a lot of the content removed from Talking remains on Twitter at this time of day. in the form of screenshots. So I don’t understand, you know, what it’s really about. Because it’s not about holding everyone to account equally. It’s about to grant preferential treatment to certain persons. “

The costume comes as Google and Apple have also taken action against Parler following a pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, to suspend from their app store on Friday due to a failure to moderate “blatant content” posted by users linked to last week’s violent siege.


FOX Business’s request to Parler was not immediately returned.

Talia Kaplan, Audrey Conklin, James Leggate and Brittany De Lea of ​​FOX Business contributed to this report.


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