Conservative social media app Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon (AMZN) on Monday, citing the company’s decision to prevent Amazon Web Services (AWS) from starting the company-at least one AWS competitor has no ethical judgments about hosting Parler content on its servers .
According to its CEO Robert Jenkins, Amazon’s policies and millions of President Donald Trump’s supporters flocked to the startup to block the policies of Parler’s other tech giants. , In sharp contrast with the Zurich-based CloudSigma adopted by this competitor.
Jenkins said: “I don’t like the idea that companies build their own tastes and beliefs and decide what is acceptable and what is unacceptable.”
According to Parler’s lawsuit, AWS effectively shut down Parler’s online platform on Sunday by suspending its account from the only server that only had its content. Paller said that within 30 hours of notice, Amazon took its Weibo platform offline, breached the service contract, interfered with the contract between Paller and users, and violated antitrust laws.
The statement said: “AWS’ decision to effectively terminate the Parler account was clearly politically motivated,” the lawsuit was filed in Seattle’s Federal District Court. “It obviously also aims to reduce competition in the Weibo service market, thereby benefiting Twitter.”
Parler’s CEO John Matze told Fox News, “It’s basically impossible to migrate the platform’s data to another provider, especially considering that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG, (GOOGL,) Parler’s relationship was severed and a fierce siege of Capitol Hill was carried out in protest against the results of the congressional election.
Despite its widespread popularity, Matze said it has been rejected by many companies capable of acting as an alternative host.
“It is one thing to find a solution technically; it is another thing politically.
Jenkins said that for its part, CloudSigma will not judge the “acceptability” of the platform, but will provide services based on whether the content within its scope of services violates the law. He said: “We have our own personal opinions like anyone, but we will not impose them on users.” He added that the company relies on law enforcement agencies to prosecute users for violations. “Therefore, our approach is very clear. For me, this is the only defensible position, because you basically rely on local cultural norms-legally acceptable.”
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to Yahoo Finance that the lawsuit lacks value and AWS provides services to customers in various political fields. The spokesperson said: “However, it is clear that Parler has a lot of content that encourages and incites violence against others, and Parler is unable or unwilling to immediately identify and delete this content, which violates our terms of service.”
Matze said in a statement quoted by Politico: “Parler does not tolerate or accept violence on our platform.” In the lawsuit, the company criticized AWS for implementing double standards by continuing to host the Twitter platform, despite the user content calling it “Hang Mike Pence.” “
Jenkins said that he was surprised that Parler had not built its platform across multiple cloud service providers to prevent AWS from technically or deliberately shutting down. Jenkins said that given the controversial nature of the platform, another solution might be for Parler to buy its own servers.
Several experts told Yahoo Finance this week that although Amazon faces ongoing antitrust review of its online market and its cloud service business by US regulators, Parler’s antitrust claims are likely to fail. The advantages of Parler’s breach of contract requirements depend on the content of the agreement reached between the two companies.
“In these well-functioning societies we operate, we don’t need to decide the rules. This is provided by the legal framework, government and popular vote.” Jenkins said. “And, you know, if they don’t like something, they can vote to make it illegal. Restrict freedom of speech and we will enforce it.”
Yahoo Finance asked Parler’s legal counsel to comment, and if a response is received, this story will be updated.
Alexis Keenan is a legal reporter and former litigation lawyer for Yahoo Finance.
Follow Alexis Keenan on Twitter @alexiskweed.
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