Parler has now sued Amazon for dumping them over the weekend, and are reportedly asking a federal judge to order Amazon to reinstate them after breaching their contract:
BREAKING: Parler sues Amazon for antitrust violation, breach of contract and unlawful business interference. Asks federal judge to order Amazon to reinstate the platform
— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 11, 2021
Here’s more from The Hill:
Social media company Parler sued Amazon on Monday, alleging that its suspension from Amazon’s hosting service violated antitrust law and breached the companies’ contractual arrangement.
In its lawsuit, Parler, which is especially popular among conservatives, asked a federal judge to order that the platform be reinstated online.
The 18-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, where Amazon is headquartered, accuses Amazon Web Services (AWS) of applying a politically motivated double standard to Parler in contrast to its treatment of the more mainstream social media giant Twitter.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the lawsuit reads. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
The Hill has reached out to Amazon for comment.
Parler told the court that its newfound popularity explained part of the urgency behind its emergency request to have its suspension reversed.
“It will kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket,” the filing states.
This lawsuit was announced about an hour ago, while I was buried in writing up the interview with Parler’s CEO this morning, where he frustratingly stated that he can find no one to host Parler. Watch or read about that interview here.
I truly hope Parler finds recourse in the courts and that they are reinstated. It’s a shame that it would even have to go to the courts like this, but it doesn’t look like Parler has a lot of options. The industry now considers them toxic because Apple, Google, and Amazon have blackballed them. And even willing companies, who’d normally step up to host Parler, are wary of doing so because it would put a big fat target on their backs.