Amazon urged the judge not to order the company to resume Parler’s Web hosting service, saying that conservative social media platforms failed to monitor violent content before and after the Capitol riots.
Last week, supporters of President Donald Trump used Amazon Web Services to suspend services to Parler to organize an onslaught on the U.S. Capitol. Parler filed a lawsuit requesting a federal judge in Seattle to order AWS to immediately resume its web hosting. Amazon opposed the move later on Tuesday.
The company said in court documents: “Forcing AWS to host programs, encouraging and inciting violence content is unprecedented.” AWS said that it expressed its concern about violence threatening information on its platform to Parler in November and is publishing After the warning about the January 6 riots, AWS continued to see “problematic content.” In response, AWS said that Parler described steps that would “rely almost entirely on volunteers.”
Paller stated in the antitrust complaint that unplugging the social network poses a life threat to the company. It replaces Twitter, believing that AWS’s behavior reduces social media competition.
As Twitter and Facebook work hard to curb inflammatory content, Parler’s Internet traffic has surged. Apple and Alphabet’s Google removed Parler from their app stores over the weekend.
AWS said in a filing on Tuesday that it had suspended and did not terminate Parler’s account, explaining that the agreement between the two companies required Parler to ensure that its content does not violate AWS policies or laws. AWS said in the document: “It was Parler who violated the agreement because it hosted content that promoted violence and did not delete it in time.”
David J. Groesbeck, a lawyer in Spokane, Washington, representing Parler, did not immediately comment.
AWS is by far the largest cloud computing provider, and its on-demand software services are the backbone of many of the most popular Internet services. The suit stated that Parler “has no other choice” to go online.
The case is Parler vs Amazon Web page Services, 21-cv-00031, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, DC.
-With the assistance of Matt Day
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