Parler is suing Amazon after it followed through on its promise to remove the social media platform from its cloud hosting service, which occurred just before midnight on Sunday. Amazon said Parler violated its terms of service by failing to moderate and remove content that "encourages or incites violence against others" following last week's U.S. Capitol riot.
- Citing similar concerns, Apple and Google have also removed the conservative mobile app from their stores. Amazon's move takes it one step further by taking Parler fully offline.
- In a lawsuit filed in Washington state federal court today, Parler accused Amazon of violating antitrust law. It's seeking an emergency order to overturn Amazon's shutdown of its account.
- Nevada-based Parler, which launched its platform in 2018, could take up to a week to find a new hosting service, Parler CEO John Matze said. He called it a "coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace."
- In an email, AWS told the platform that it had flagged nearly 100 posts that “clearly encourage and incite violence," including direct threats toward liberal leaders. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group made up of Amazon employees, praised Amazon's decision after saying that they "cannot be complicit in more bloodshed and violent attacks on our democracy."
- Parler's supporters argue that tech giants are impeding their freedom of speech, and some have threatened violence. In one Parler post cited by Axios, a user wrote that it would be "a pity if someone with explosives training were to pay a visit to some [Amazon] data centers."