Amazon would not should put Parler again on-line, the choose says
The Parler logo can be seen on an Apple iPhone.
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A US judge has refused to order Amazon to bring Parler back online, dealing a blow to the emerging social media network.
Parler had become a haven for many Conservatives and Trump supporters who felt that traditional social media companies were censoring their speech. After the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol earlier this month, Amazon’s cloud computing unit announced to Parler that it would no longer offer cloud services to the company. Amazon said in court records it hired Parler in November to report violent content, including posts threatening lawmakers and technical executives with death threats.
In response, Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon Web Services in the US District Court in Seattle for withdrawing support and asked AWS to restore his account.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled on behalf of Amazon on Thursday, stating that AWS had the right to refuse Parler service for not removing content that violated the company’s terms of service.
“The court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors AWS delivering the incendiary speech involving some Parler users,” Rothstein wrote in the order. “At the present time, based on the results so far, neither the public interest nor the equilibrium of the shares favors the issuing of an injunction in this case.”
The judge also denied Parler’s claim that Amazon pulled the plug on the website to help Twitter and violated antitrust laws.
Parler’s website went partially back online earlier this week after the company transferred its domain name to Epik. Epik is a company that sells domain names, and it is also home to Gab, a social media network popular with far-right parties. In addition, according to Reuters, Parler uses an IP address from DDos-Guard, a Russian company that protects websites from cyberattacks, among other things.