Parler site offline after Amazon Web Services pulls hosting

Joanna Estrada
January 13, 2021

In his latest post, Matze vowed he wouldn't move to another social media site.

"Without AWS, Parler is finished as it has no way to get online", the lawsuit states.

"We've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms", AWS wrote.

Parler, the social platform launched in 2018 that brands itself as a "free speech network" has gone offline following a decision by AWS to ban the service from its servers.

Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by the far-right, sued Amazon on Monday in response to being deplatformed, alleging an antitrust violation, breach of contract and interference with the company's business relationships with users.

Parler's choice of attorney in the case is something of an enigma. Reached by phone, McBride said that he was unaffiliated with Groesbeck's law firm and that Groesbeck no longer rents the home listed on the lawsuit. Parler had alleged Amazon was engaged in a conspiracy to eliminate a competitor from the marketplace; Amazon said Parler's suit fails to define a relevant market or specify how competition was harmed.

Shortly after hitting the top of the charts on Apple's App Store, on Friday morning, Apple sent Parler a letter saying that the platform had 24 hours to come up with effective moderation measures that could combat posts encouraging illegal activity on the platform, including an increasing number of posts calling for violence. As we reported previous year Parler had become a popular destination for those of a more right-wing persuasion anxious about Twitter's censorship policies.

Sunday, January 10: This is where Amazon comes in. "The motion for a temporary restraining order should be denied". Moreover, they argued, Parler is unlikely to prevail on the merits of the case. Parler can not hold Amazon "liable ... for enforcing the agreement's express terms".

Parler's chief executive John Matze had said the company planned to resume service within a week after being dropped by Amazon, but has now admitted that the wave of rejections, and thwarted efforts to find new providers, mean it might not be able to recover.

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