Yesterday, a federal judge ruled against Parler and denied it access to Amazon's web hosting services. Parler's plea to reinstate the social media app will continue, but Amazon's current ban is justified.
- U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein justified Amazon's decision to stop hosting Parler, stating that Parler had failed to remove content that violated Amazon's terms of service.
- The judge also stated that Parler had provided only faint and factually inaccurate speculation about Amazon and Twitter's alleged collusion.
- Amazon alleged in its court filings that it had been flagging violent content with Parler for months.
- Amazon claims Parler’s content moderation was so inadequate that it had a self-admitted backlog of 26,000 reported posts that still needed review. Overall, the company reported more than 100 pieces of content to Parler in November and December.
- The e-commerce giant also cited Section 230 of the Communications Act, a liability shield that protects website publishers from being sued over user posts.
- Parler claimed that Amazon violated antitrust law, conspired with Twitter to damage its business, and breached its contract by booting it from AWS.
- Parler's servers are currently being hosted by DDoS-Guard, and it has transferred its domain name to Epik.
- Only the Parler website is up, as its app was removed from the Apple Store and Google Play store.