A US judge on Thursday rejected Parler’s request for Amazon to resume the web hosting service of the social media platform, which was interrupted after sweeping the US Capitol on January 6.
Seattle District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein said that Paller is unlikely to prove that Amazon has breached the contract or violated antitrust laws by suspending the service on January 10, and that it is “never public.”
She also resolutely rejected a public ban that required Amazon Web Services to “host the violent and violent content disputed in this case, especially considering the recent commotion in the U.S. Congress”, which is in the public interest.
She added: “That incident is a sad reminder that inflammatory speech can turn legitimate protests into violent rebellions faster than many of us hoped.”
Parler did not immediately comment on the matter.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement: “We welcome the court’s cautious ruling.” “This is not a situation of freedom of speech. This is related to customers who have consistently violated our terms of service.”
Amazon said that Parler ignored repeated warnings to effectively slow the growth of its violent content sites, including calls for the assassination of prominent Democratic politicians, major corporate executives and media members.
Researchers say that far-right groups in the Capitol have an active online presence on platforms including Parler, where they spread violent speech.
Paller said that, apart from anecdotes in the media, there is no evidence that it plays a role in inciting riots and that it is unfair to deprive millions of law-abiding Americans of freedom of speech.
It also said that Amazon has no right to threaten its “extinction” by unplugging it and is encouraged by “political motivation” to benefit Twitter.
Rothstein rejected this claim, saying that Parler had merely proposed a “ghost of preferential treatment” to Twitter.
Many supporters of former US President Donald Trump favor Paller, who claims to have more than 12 million users.
After the turmoil in Washington, after Amazon in Seattle and Google app stores of Apple and Alphabet abandoned Parler, Parler remained largely offline.
The companies also cited Parler’s records of violent content.
Parler CEO John Matze told Reuters on January 13 that Parler may be offline forever, but later promised that it would return to strength.
Matze and his lawyers stated on January 15 that after receiving death threats, Matze and his family were forced to “hide into hiding”.
A static version of the Parler website was recently returned, which included a notice stating that Parler had a technical problem, and Fox hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and others published some posts.
Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wernick said on Tuesday that Parler made comments on behalf of “friends who extended a helping hand.”
Infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette said that the Internet protocol address of the site is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides protection to prevent distributed denial of service attacks.
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