Federal court dismisses Parler vs Amazon lawsuit
After infiltrating the Biden administration, corporations began a systematic sweep of competitors. Having the ability to influence the outcome of any antitrust investigation, Amazon disconnected Parler from its servers, citing an illiberal agenda and poor moderation in the messenger.
The recent storming of the Capitol building has led to a massive churn of users from Facebook and Twitter. Amazon, on the other hand, met with a lawsuit about the illegal and unjustified disconnection of a competitor.
Federal Judge Barbara Rothstein said the sanctions against Parler were justifiable punishment for the involvement of social media users in the attack on the Capitol.
"The Court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring [Amazon Web Services] to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler's users have engaged in," Rothstein wrote on Thursday. "At this stage, on the showing made thus far, neither the public interest nor the balance of equities favors granting an injunction in this case."
So far, Parler's lawsuit against Amazon has not impressed federal Judge Barbara Rothstein.— Eli Sanders (@elijsanders) January 21, 2021
Judge Rothstein today denied Parler's request for a preliminary injunction forcing Amazon to again host Parler, and in doing so she referenced the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol: pic.twitter.com/eKPC6mR29X
Other reports indicate that allies of Amazon, Google and other Silicon Valley corporations also refuse to cooperate with Parler.
According to Parler's attorney, they plan to appeal.
"The Court explicitly rejects any suggestion that the balance of equities or the public interest favors obligating AWS to host the kind of abusive, violent content at issue in this case, particularly in light of the recent riots at the U.S. Capitol," Rothstein wrote, NPR reported. "That event was a tragic reminder that inflammatory rhetoric can — more swiftly and easily than many of us would have hoped — turn a lawful protest into a violent insurrection."
Previously, Google and Apple removed the app from their stores.
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