Parler LLC, a social media platform favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump, sued Amazon on Monday, accusing it of constructing an unlawful, politically motivated determination to close it down to learn Twitter.
In an antitrust grievance filed with the US District Court in Seattle, Parler mentioned Amazon delivered a “death blow” by abruptly slicing off Web-hosting providers on Sunday night time, quickly after Apple and Alphabet’s Google eliminated the Parler app from their very own app shops.
Parler accused Amazon Web Services of hypocrisy for expressing a insecurity it might correctly police its platform, together with by eradicating content material encouraging violence.
It mentioned Amazon did this regardless of making no threats to droop Twitter, the place a current top-trending tweet demanded to “Hang Mike Pence,” the US vice chairman.
“AWS false claims have made Parler a pariah,” and the Web providers cutoff “is the equivalent of pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support,” the grievance mentioned.
Amazon didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Twitter declined to remark. Parler was not instantly accessible for remark.
Parler needs a courtroom order requiring Amazon to reinstate its account and supply providers it had contracted for.
It can also be searching for triple damages, saying it had over 12 million customers and stood to lose tens of millions extra as conservatives encourage their Twitter followers to change to Parler.
Twitter completely suspended Trump’s private account, @actualDonaldTrump, on Friday night time, citing the “risk of further incitement of violence.”
That suspension got here two days after the US Capitol was stormed by a mob of Trump supporters, whose conduct Twitter mentioned Trump appeared to condone.
The Republican president had earlier requested Pence to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory within the November three presidential election at a joint session of Congress. Pence didn’t, and Congress confirmed Biden’s win.
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