In Tuesday’s filing, Amazon responded to Parler’s claims that it acted unfairly to overthrow the social network – and in the process it gave outsiders the new content it encourages. Amazon suspends Parler’s web service account.
Amazon Web Services suspended Parler services on Jan. 9, effectively shutting down the social network. It failed to secure a replacement web host and it was argued in court that Amazon used its unfair monopoly power to destroy the site.
Amazon’s decision to suspend Parler’s services has led to an ongoing debate about AWS ̵6;power as a hosting provider, and whether such suspension poses a threat to free speech. But while many saw the suspension as a knee-jerk response to a mass attack on the U.S. agency, Amazon’s response made it clear that the service had complained to Parler long before the raid.
“AWS reported to Parler over the past several weeks there are dozens of snippets of content that incite violence,” the company said in the document, “including calls to hang public officials, kill blacks and Jews, and shoot. The police officer in the head ”
In driving home, the complaint included 15 examples of the post, including calls for violence against technology CEOs, school teachers and professional athletes. In some cases, comments also refer to specific violence dates and targets, encouraging users to form volunteer groups and “Get the goal”
Amazon said it sent more than 100 such comments to Parler in the weeks leading up to the suspension.
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The filing provides more background on Amazon’s earlier claims that the suspension was in response to growing calls for violence in Parler.
“It is clear that there is material in Parler that promotes and incites violence against others, and Parler is unable or unwilling to identify and remove this content immediately, in violation of our Terms of Service.” It said in a statement on Jan. 9, “We raised our concerns to Parlor over the course of several weeks and during that time we found a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a reduction that led to a suspension. Their service on a Sunday evening. “
In the filing, Amazon stressed that it had suspended service rather than terminated altogether and was open to recovery to Parler if the company began moderating content in accordance with AWS Terms of Service.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook made the same point Wednesday in an appearance on CBS, explaining that Apple removed Parler from the iOS App Store due to Apple’s failure to moderate content moderation. Is he abiding by the terms of service, ”Cook said.“ Our hope is that they do that and come back to the store. ”