Right-wing social media app Parler is changing its legal tactics this week in the ongoing battle against Amazon, dropping a federal antitrust lawsuit and filing a new state-level defamation lawsuit as it continues to seek reprisals against Amazon’s decision to put Parler in In the wake of the January 6th attack on the Capitol to platform.
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Parler’s legal team pulled its antitrust lawsuit late Tuesday, two months after it first tried to force Amazon Web Services to host it, and a month after a federal judge awarded the company the first loss by refusing to reinstate AWS to be ordered by Parler.
The company filed a new lawsuit Tuesday in Washington state, first published by NPR, in which the company argued that Amazon decided to withdraw its services only if it looked like President Donald Trump could open change platforms and create serious competition for companies like these Twitter and Facebook and that in its two-year history at Amazon there has been “no sign of problem” with the moderation of content.
Amazon “didn’t want Parler to be able to offer a new platform to conservative voices, including Donald Trump, or to compete effectively with other microblogging platforms like Twitter,” wrote Parler attorney Angelo Calfo in the lawsuit.
Parler argued that Amazon was in breach of the contract for not hosting the platform “in bad faith” and damaged Parler’s business and tarnished its reputation by knowingly spreading false accusations justifying the ban on the press.
Amazon de-platformed Parler on Jan. 10, stating that the social media company had failed to adequately monitor violent content as per its guidelines. Parler went dark as part of a wider deplatformation following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The Google and Apple app stores have removed the app, and Trump himself has been banned from Twitter and other social networks. Before many users were driven off the internet, they flocked to Parler to enjoy the more relaxed approach to content moderation. However, despite continued speculation, Trump never joined the platform. The platform has now been relaunched with what the company calls “robust, sustainable, independent technology”. In the dismissed lawsuit filed on January 11th, Parler said Amazon illegally withdrew its web hosting services and took them offline at a crucial point in its development, a move “motivated by political animation” and an attempt to prevent competition from platforms like Twitter.
BuzzFeed News reported that Trump was in talks to get a 40% stake in Parler to use as his primary social platform, even though those negotiations failed after the Capitol attack.
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