The Parler logo that appears on smartphones with Google, Amazon and Apple logos displayed on PC screens in the background.Google, Apple and Amazon have suspended social networking app Parler.
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Amazon defended its decision to terminate Parler from its web hosting service in response to a lawsuit filed by the social media app earlier this week.
In a court filing late on Tuesday, Amazon said it had flagged dozens of violent content to its social media app starting in November.The company argued that Parler had breached its contract with its cloud-based processor. Amazon Web Services (AWS) when content cannot be deleted and AWS suspended Parler account “as a last resort”;.
“This is not about suppressing speech or suppressing views,” Amazon wrote in response to Parlor. “It’s not about conspiracy to stop trade But this is the case in Parler’s manifest reluctance and inability to remove it from AWS content servers that threaten public safety, such as by inciting and plotting rape, torture and assassination of named individuals. Officials and private citizens “
Amazon pulled the plug on Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters, last week after a riot of the U.S. Congress. Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Monday, accusing Amazon of breaching its contract and violating antitrust laws.Parler also asked the court to temporarily suspend it to force AWS to reinstate its accounts.
In response to the Parler lawsuit, Amazon argued that the restoration of the web service to Parler was likely underweight to the public. “Any speculative damage Parler claims may suffer” from the offline site.
It also rejected Parler’s claims that AWS violated antitrust laws by denying services. It refers to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a Silicon Valley-backed law and increasingly under attack by lawmakers that prevent technology companies from being liable for what users post on. Their platform
Amazon said it began reporting content violating its terms of service to Parler on November 17th last year. Over the next seven weeks, Amazon said it had reported more than 100 additional content supporting the violence.
Amazon included a few examples of the content in the exhibit filed alongside the lawsuit, including threats to murder Congress members, tech company executives such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Jack. Twitter CEO Dorsey, as well as the US Congress Police, among others, in some Parler posts the user threatened to “Burned Amazon delivery trucks” and Apple stores, including “seized Amazon servers”.
“We should gather peacefully outside the homes and businesses of these tech tyrants, then peacefully protest and plunder and burn them peacefully,” Parler posted one reading, according to a court filing.
Amazon said the content sparked an escalation following the violence in U.S. government agencies by some Trump supporters on Wednesday that killed five after the riots, politicians and people have called for. Let social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google take care of their platforms more closely to prevent violence.
Amazon called in to speak to Parler executives after the riots raised concerns about Parler’s ineffective moderation strategy, which includes relying on volunteers for content reporting, said Parler CEO John Matze in one of the calls. The claim said the site has 26,000 backlogs of content that violate their policies and remain on the filing state site.
“Parler’s failure gave AWS little choice. But Parler’s account must be suspended, “Amazon said in the filing.
Parler did not respond to previous requests for comment, Amazon said there was “no merit” for the claims listed in Parler’s lawsuit.