Monday, 25 January, 2021

Amazon Says Parler Systematically Unwilling To Remove Violent Content

Shown here is the Parler logo. Amazon suspended Parler’s cloud-computing account last weekend Shown here is the Parler logo. Amazon suspended Parler’s cloud-computing account last weekend
Cecil Davis | 14 January, 2021, 13:36

"This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints", Amazon said in a brief filed Tuesday.

"After the notice of Parler's account suspension, Parler users began posting threats of physical violence to Amazon delivery drivers, Amazon facilities, and Amazon executives".

Over the past couple of years, the platform has become a hotbed for USA conservatives, supporters of Donald Trump and those who believe in the QAnon conspiracy theories.

Parler's lawsuit got off to a stumbling start.

In response, Parler has sued Amazon for violating the contract and called the ban politically motivated. Solo practitioner David Groesbeck, of Spokane, has previously represented local businesses in licensing, real estate and property disputes. Slack and Stripe did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests to comment. Reached by phone, McBride said that he was unaffiliated with Groesbeck's law firm and that Groesbeck no longer rents the home listed on the lawsuit.

In its Wednesday reply, Parler said Amazon had whitewashed that timeline.

The response added that there is "no legal basis" that would compel Amazon to "host content of this nature". "We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues", Apple said in a statement. "Parler is not a surveillance app, so we can't just write a few algorithms that will quickly locate 100% of objectionable content, especially during periods of rapid growth and the seemingly coordinated malicious attacks that accompany that growth", he added. Amazon cited a violation of its terms of service when it booted Parler, which has become popular in recent months with conservatives as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

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Violent content only grew after the January 6 insurrection, according to Amazon's response. "It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade", said the filing.

Big tech companies have cut ties with Parler over allegations that the platform did not do enough to curtail posts that encouraged or incited violence, or that enabled individuals who were plotting violent acts to coordinate their activities. Moreover, they argued, Parler is unlikely to prevail on the merits of the case.

Parler's complaint said that Amazon's decision to nix its contract has made the social network a business "pariah".

Parler's claims that it had been marginalized, though, were soon thrown into question. On Jan. 11 Parler's area identify was transferred to Epik, a registrar favored by far-right teams that hosts Gab.com and the area identify for the Proud Boy's former web sites, Mashable reported.

Parler chief executive John Matze said in an interview with Reuters that he was unsure if the app, which had more than 12 million users, would ever go back online.

In its filing Wednesday, Parler suggests Amazon's about-face could have been due to concerns over how its relationship with Parler would be perceived publicly, and how much more hard it might become to constrain the network were Trump to join.