A US federal judge on Thursday rejected Parler’s request that Amazon.com Inc restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had discontinued following the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol. US District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said Parler is unlikely to prove that Amazon violated its contract or antitrust law by suspending service on January 10 and that “it was not a close decision.”
He also strongly rejected the suggestion that the public interest would serve as a preliminary injunction requiring Amazon Web Services to “host the type of violent and abusive content in question in this case, particularly in light of the recent uprisings on the Capitol. of the United States “. “That event,” he added, “was a tragic reminder that inflammatory rhetoric can – more quickly and easily than many of us would have hoped – turn a legal protest into a violent insurrection.”
Parler and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Amazon said Parler has ignored repeated warnings to effectively address the growth of violent content, including calls to assassinate prominent Democratic politicians, corporate executives and members of the media.
The researchers said far-right groups on the Capitol have a strong online presence on platforms including Parler, where they spread violent rhetoric. Parler said there was no separate evidence from anecdotes in the press that it played a part in inciting riots and that it was unfair to deprive millions of law-abiding Americans a platform for free speech.
He also claimed that Amazon had no right to threaten its “extinction” by pulling the plug, and accused it of doing so for “political animus” for the benefit. Twitter Inc, a larger Amazon customer who according to Parler hasn’t censored violent content targeting conservatives. Rothstein rejected that argument, saying that Parler had simply raised the “spectrum of preferential treatment” for Twitter.
Many supporters of former US President Donald Trump favor Parler, who claimed to have more than 12 million users. Parler remains largely offline after being abandoned by Amazon and removed from the app stores of Apple Inc and Google of Alphabet Inc. after the Washington riots.
Those companies also cited Parler’s lack of experience in controlling violent content in explaining their decisions. Parler CEO John Matze told Reuters on Jan.13 that Parler may be offline forever, but he later promised he would be back and be stronger.
Matze and his family were forced to “go into hiding” after receiving death threats, his lawyer said on January 15. A static version of Parler’s website recently returned, including a notice saying Parler was having technical difficulties and a handful of posts from people like Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin.
Jeffrey Wernick, Parler’s chief operating officer, said Tuesday that the company publishes comments on behalf of “friends they contacted.” The site The Internet Protocol address is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides services that include protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette.
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