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Parler fights back with lawsuit

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AFPParler which claims it had over 12 million users on Monday filed a lawsuit against Amazon's cloud computing division

Amazon also cited Section 230 as part of its defense against Parler's claims that Amazon conspired with Twitter to hurt Parler's business by kicking it off AWS.

Without access to the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and Amazon's AWS, Parler has lost its ability to find new subscribers via smartphone apps.

"This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints", Amazon's lawyers write. "It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade", reads the company's response.

Parler CEO John Matze didn't return Mediaite's request for comment.

AWS said it raised concerns about Parler's lax content moderation policies as violent posts continued to appear after last week's Capitol riots.

"I'm more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech (Twitter) that let them be immune from lawsuits", Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican of SC, tweeted. Hundreds of rioters posted videos on Parler of their journeys down the national mall through the Capitol building.

Another Parler user called for the death of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The lawsuit alleges that "AWS's decision to effectively terminate Parler's account is apparently motivated by political animus".

The lawsuit explains that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has signed a multi-year deal with Twitter, as well as Parler, "a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter".

The problem with not moderating content, said First Draft's Townes, is that people who don't recognize incorrect information will keep relying on that content in the app.

In recent months, right-wing conservatives have flocked to Parler after they claimed that traditional social media sites like Twitter and Facebook had gone too far in censoring users. Amazon Web Services suspended its hosting service for Parler after it was used by supporters of President Donald Trump to organize the. He said the best thing would be if Parler could get back on Amazon. Google and Apple also made a decision to remove Parler from their app stores, just days after the app received an influx of users following Twitter's ban on President Donald Trump and other conservative accounts. Apptopia told Business Insider that Parler downloads spiked to about 323% of their average weekly volume from October. Several reports have detailed how Parler users planned aspects of last Wednesday's attack on the platform. On Sunday, Amazon announced its Amazon Web Services would boot Parler from its servers at 11:59 p.m, saying the app "poses a very real risk to public safety".

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