Amazon Says Parler Systematically Unwilling To Remove Violent Content

Amazon Says Parler Systematically Unwilling To Remove Violent Content

Amazon Says Parler Systematically Unwilling To Remove Violent Content

Parler then sued Amazon Web Services, alleging in a complaint filed Monday in Seattle federal court that the termination was "motivated by political animus" and created to reduce competition in the microblogging services market.

Apple said, "We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity".

Earlier that weekend, Google Play and Apple's App store removed Parler's app, but users were able to still access the platform from the web until Amazon Web Services cut off service. In fact, after being kicked off from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Trump had indicated he would be moving to a new platform and Parler was seen as the likely candidate.

After the platform was booted from Amazon's web hosting services, Parler, the social media alternative to Twitter, has found a web hosting refuge in internet solutions company, Epik, a report says.

The suit comes amid a wave of action by online giants blocking US President Donald Trump in the wake of last week's US Capitol invasion and purported plans for new violent demonstrations, especially on the day President-elect Joe Biden is due to take office. "Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove. content that threatens the public safety".

Some of the posts in the court documents also show calls for violence, one user writing, "I do approve of actual violence towards Antifa and BLM" and "Kill'em ALL!"

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David J. Groesbeck, a Spokane, Wash. -based lawyer representing Parler, had no immediate comment Tuesday evening.

The company has apparently reached out to other cloud-computing services to hopefully host the app and bring it back online, but according to Matze, several vendors have all backed out "at the last second", leaving Parler to fend for itself, as per Business Insider.

"Rape, murder and torture", Ambika K. Doran said as she listed topics in Parler chatter around January 6 that she described as "the tip of the iceberg" for violent content on the site.

"It hasn't been easy". Amazon said that the company's chief executive officer had stated publicly that Parler would do "as little content moderation as possible" and that there was an uptick in violent threats on the site. "But that doesn't mean we haven't been effective".

Editor's note: Amazon, Apple and Google are among NPR's recent financial supporters.

Matze went on to argue that their system "worked as well or better than the methods used by our competitors, while adhering to our principles". "We care deeply and are committed to being part of the long-term solution to save civil discourse".

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