Parler Sues Amazon Web Services After Getting Pulled from Their Hosting Servers
Parler has decided to sue Amazon Web Services after getting deplatformed from their servers. They claim AWS violated anti-trust laws and breached its contract after not giving them a thirty-day termination notice.
In a complaint filed in Washington DC, Parler announced they would be seeking a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunctive relief, and damages from the behemoth corporation.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the lawsuit reads. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
“Thus, AWS is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in combination with Defendant Twitter. AWS is also breaching it contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler with a thirty-day notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty-hour notice AWS actually provided. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future.”
“This emergency suit seeks a Temporary Restraining Order against Defendant Amazon Web Services to prevent it from shutting down Parler’s account at the end of today. Doing so is the equivalent of pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support. It will kill Parler’s business—at the very time it is set to skyrocket.”
Big League Politics has closely followed Big Tech’s resolve to get rid of Parler. On Saturday Apple removed their app from the App Store for what they claim was a failure to adequately police “harmful or dangerous content.” Amazon also informed Parler that they would suspend Parler’s account Sunday for not complying with their terms of service and posing “a very real risk to public safety.” They followed through, and attempts to visit Parler have been met with an error message since late Sunday night.
Here’s hoping Parler is successful in their lawsuit and is able to quickly find new servers.