Parler on Monday announced it’s suing Amazon for antitrust violations after the site was scrubbed from the web overnight.
As TuskerDaily reported last Friday, the right-wing social media site vanished from the Apple and Google app stores after they cut ties with the platform in the wake of the deadly mob attack at the US Capitol.
Parler then went offline shortly after 3 am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting it down until it can find a new hosting partner.
Parler Sues Amazon
In a statement, Monday morning self-declared libertarian Matze said:
“Evaluated objectively, our system worked as well or better than the methods used by our competitors, while adhering to our principles.”
Parler then announced it will sue Amazon and ask a federal judge to order the tech giant to reinstate the platform, The Hill first reported.
The lawsuit claims:
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus. It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
It notes: ‘Friday night one of the top trending tweets on Twitter was “Hang Mike Pence.” But AWS has no plans nor has it made any threats to suspend Twitter’s account.’
Matze argued ‘up until Friday afternoon it seemed Apple, Amazon, and Google agreed’ the app had been effective in their efforts to remove ‘objectionable content’, adding: ‘You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out.’
Losing access to the app stores of Google and Apple severely limits Parler’s reach to millions of smartphones. Losing Amazon Web Services means Parler needs to find another web host to be accessed on a browser.
Matze had initially said that Parler might be unavailable for ‘up to a week as we rebuild from scratch’, but now says it might be offline for longer.
Google and Apple both booted Gab from their app stores in 2017 and it was left internet-homeless for a time. It now hosts through its own servers.
Watch Parler executive speaking out following Google app store ban, threats from Apple