“Parler has submitted no evidence that AWS and Twitter acted together intentionally — or even at all — in restraint of trade”
Source: Steve Watson
A federal judge has rejected a request by Parler, the free speech Twitter alternative, to have its hosting restored by Amazon.
Paler’s entire website was hosted on Amazon servers (AWS) and was wiped from the internet amid claims of allowing incitement to violence in the wake of the Capitol breech on January 6th.
Supporters of President Trump and other advocates of free speech flocked to the platform as a protest against big-tech censorship.
Parler filed an emergency request in court, however US District Judge Barbara Rothstein said that Parler failed to successfully argue that they would be likely to prevail on the merits of its claims, or that a preliminary injunction was warranted out of public interest.
“Parler has failed to do more than raise the specter of preferential treatment of Twitter by AWS,” wrote Rothstein, labelling Parler’s claims as “faint and factually inaccurate speculation.”
The judge further noted “The evidence it has submitted in support of the claim is both dwindlingly slight, and disputed by AWS. Importantly, Parler has submitted no evidence that AWS and Twitter acted together intentionally — or even at all — in restraint of trade… Indeed, Parler has failed to do more than raise the specter of preferential treatment of Twitter by AWS.”
Parler is claiming that Amazon is in breach of contract, and that Amazon removed services “motivated by political animus”, and as a way of benefitting Twitter, which is also set to be hosted by Amazon Web Services.
However, the judge said that “Parler has failed to allege basic facts that would support several elements of this claim.”
The judge continued “Most fatally, as discussed above, it has failed to raise more than the scantest speculation that AWS’s actions were taken for an improper purpose or by improper means … To the contrary, the evidence at this point suggests that AWS’s termination of the CSA was in response to Parler’s material breach.”
Parler is arguing that Twitter has failed to censor violent content, but has not been treated in the same way.
Amazon has stated that there is “no merit to these claims.”
Below is the full complaint by Parler that was rejected by the judge:
Parler had around 12 million users when it was removed, and is attempting a comeback.
“Now seems like the right time to remind you all – both lovers and haters – why we started this platform,” Matze further wrote, adding. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media.”
“Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish,” he further noted.
However, the site now appears to be offline again.
It appears that Parler is now being hosted by Epik, the company that also hosts Twitter alternative Gab and messageboard 8chan.
Epik has stated that it disagrees with big tech moves to purge the likes of Parler, noting “It is becoming increasingly easy to demonize anyone who has different beliefs with no recognition of the actual effects and impact this can have on society.”
The company’s statement immediately led to calls for it to be targeted for annihilation, along with other hosting companies that are refusing to go along with mass censorship on the internet.
The end point of the ongoing purge seems clear, a completely censored internet dominated and controlled by unregulated big tech elites, where only ‘acceptable’ opinions cans be accessed and shared.