Social media company Parler filed a second lawsuit against Amazon and Amazon Web Services this week, alleging breach of contract and defamation.
The company, a conservative free speech alternative to Twitter, initially filed a lawsuit against Amazon after it was removed from its platform following the January 6 riots in the US Capitol.
In late January, a judge ruled against Parler’s request to force Amazon to restore the company to its web hosting services.
Parler called Amazon a “bully” in the new lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Washington state, alleging that the company had removed Parler from its cloud services only when former President Trump had been ousted by Twitter and Facebook and Parler. it was ready to become competition if the first President brought his millions of followers to the site.
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“The real reason AWS decided to suspend and / or terminate its contract with Parler was not because of an alleged breach of contract, but because AWS did not want Parler to be able to provide a new platform to conservative voices, including Donald Trump, or to effectively compete with other microblogging platforms such as Twitter, “Parler’s attorney Angelo Calfo wrote in the lawsuit.
The company said Amazon’s claims that it was removed because it was not responsibly removing violent rhetoric on the site were false, saying it had removed any “possibly inappropriate content” and in the two years before Amazon toppled Parler there had been no expressed no significant concern about its content.
The lawsuit noted that Parler had been valued at around $ 1 billion before he was removed for “illegal actions” by Amazon, claiming that he has permanently lost millions of dollars and his reputation.
Amazon said Parler was “fine” regarding any “problematic” content just two days before announcing the company’s removal, the suit alleges.
Amazon Web Services knew that Parler used a “reactive system to deal with problematic content – and not once has AWS said that such a system was insufficient or violated the parties’ contract,” he said.
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In the lawsuit, Parler claimed he was the victim of “Amazon’s efforts to destroy a promising technology company through deceptive, defamatory, anti-competitive and bad faith conduct.”