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Amazon Sued by Parler After Site Is Removed From Servers, Shuts

Amazon was sued by the right-wing website Parler, which shut after the tech giant took it off its servers.
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Social-media company Parler, popular among right-wing users, sued Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Inc. Report after the Seattle tech giant's web-services cloud-hosting service dropped the platform just before midnight U.S. Pacific Time Sunday.

In an action filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle Parler, Henderson, Nev., claimed that the move broke antitrust law and violated the two companies’ contract. Parler wants a judge to order Amazon to restore its platform.

“AWS’ decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the suit states. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report."

Amazon said it suspended Parler because the platform was full of incendiary content suggesting violence. The Apple  (AAPL) - Get Apple Inc. Report and Google  (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Report app stores dropped Parler over the weekend.

“There is no merit to these claims. AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow," said an AWS spokesperson. "However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service. 

"We made our concerns known to Parler over a number of weeks and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services Sunday evening," the spokesperson added.

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