Parler asks US court to order Amazon to reinstate service to social media app


FILE PHOTO: Amazon logo is photographed outside the company’s JFK8 distribution center on November 25, 2020 in Staten Island, New York. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid./File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Social media outlet Parler, in favor of some supporters of US President Donald Trump, on Wednesday urged a court to order Amazon.com Inc. back online.

The parlor was closed after the January 6 riots by Trump supporters by Capitol supporters aimed at preventing Democratic Joe Biden from becoming president. Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon on January 11, accusing it of making an illegal decision to shut it down to benefit Twitter Inc.

In his filing, Parler argued that Amazon Web Services cut its contract. Amazon previously said that it warned the parlor on its site about ugly and threatening language, with the language used to describe former First Lady Michelle Obama, mentioning the post, As well as postings such as “The only good democracy is a dead one. Kill everybody.”

Parler defended Obama’s insults as abominable but covered by the Constitution. The threat, the defendant said, “has been passed on to our regulatory liaison for investigation.”

In its filing on Wednesday, Parler said that it had removed most of the problematic posts.

A second demonstration featured a parlor posting that threatened specific acts of violence against people, some of whom have been named while others have been described as “liberals” or black, lesbian, Jewish or transgender .

An Amazon executive said in a statement mentioning Biden’s inauguration, “We explained that given the events at the US Capitol Building and the dangers about the upcoming opening, we were more concerned about this content. ” On 20 January.

Parlor CEO John Matzey said in an interview with Reuters that he was unsure if the app had more than 12 million users, would ever go back online. “It can never happen,” he said.

Separately, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sent civil subpoenas to Amazon as well as Google and Apple, which had removed Parler from its App Store. Paxton said he wanted to learn if companies “try to eliminate speech they disagree with.”

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Bill Burcott and Lisa Shumaker

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