A US judge on Thursday denied Parler’s request that Amazon.com Inc restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had discontinued after the January 6 assault on the US 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 was not immediately available for comment. “We welcome the court’s careful ruling,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “This was not a case of free speech. This was a customer who consistently violated our terms of service. “
Amazon said Parler ignored repeated warnings to effectively moderate the growth on its website of violent content, which included 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. She also claimed that Amazon had no right to threaten its “extinction” by pulling the plug, and had been motivated by “political animus” to take advantage of it. 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 Seattle-based Amazon and the Apple Inc and Google of Alphabet Inc. after the Washington riots. Those companies also cited Parler’s record of controlling violent content.
Parler chief executive John Matze told Reuters on Jan.13 that Parler could be offline forever, but he later promised he would come back 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 has recently returned, including a notice saying that Parler was having technical difficulties and a handful of posts from people like Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wernick said Tuesday that Parler posts comments on behalf of “friends they have contacted.”
The site Internet Protocol address is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette.
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