Earlier in the week, it was announced that Amazon was going to kick Parler off their hosting service because the alternative social media site supposedly had users posting “threats.” Lin Wood, for example, wrote an unhinged rant about shooting Mike Pence that wasn’t deleted because Parler’s entire shtick is allowing freedom of speech, even objectively crappy speech.
Of course, threats are made every single day on Twitter and they are never threatened with losing their hosting services, but Parler caters to conservatives fleeing social media censorship, which makes them public enemy #1 in Silicon Valley now.
Parler isn’t taking things lying down though. They’ve dropped a big lawsuit on Amazon, alleging antitrust violations, breach of contract, and unlawful business interference. This comes per The Hill.
I’m no lawyer and won’t play one, but I sure hope they have a case here. It’s one thing for Twitter to censor things directly on their platform out of care for specific standards. I mean, don’t get me wrong. That’s bad and should be opposed, but at least it’s out in the open. It’s another level of censorship, though, for background hosting services to start shelving public forum websites because a few crazies say stupid things in the comments.
BREAKING: Parler sues Amazon for antitrust violation, breach of contract and unlawful business interference. Asks federal judge to order Amazon to reinstate the platform— John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) January 11, 2021
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