The social media platform Parler LLC filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Monday. The social media platform is supported by US President Donald Trump, who accused Amazon of making a politically motivated illegal decision to shut it down to benefit Twitter.
In an antitrust lawsuit filed in Seattle in the U.S. District Court, Parler said that Amazon’s sudden suspension of Web hosting services on Sunday night dealt a “fatal blow” to Apple.
Parler accused Amazon Web Services of hypocrisy because it expressed lack of confidence to properly monitor its platform, including removing content that encourages violence.
The company said that although there was no threat to suspend Twitter, Amazon did so. Twitter recently posted a trending tweet requesting the Vice President of the United States to “Hang Mike Pence”.
The complaint said: “The false statement of AWS made Parler a pariah, and the interruption of Web services” is equivalent to unplugging the phone of a hospital patient for life support. “
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter declined to comment. Parler did not immediately comment on the matter.
Peller hopes that the court will issue an order requiring Amazon to restore its account and provide its contracted services.
It is also seeking triple damages, saying it has more than 12 million users and has lost millions because conservatives encouraged its Twitter followers to turn to Parler.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s personal account @realDonaldTrump on Friday night, citing “the danger of further inciting violence”.
The suspension took place two days after the U.S. Capitol was attacked by a mob of Trump supporters. Twitter’s behavior Twitter indicated that Trump seemed to agree.
The Republican president had previously asked Pence to overthrow Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election at the joint meeting of Congress on November 3. Penny did not, Congress confirmed Biden’s victory.
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