Social network Parler launches new lawsuits against Amazon

Parler, the popular social network of the conservative American right and supporters of Donald Trump, has launched new lawsuits against Amazon, accusing the tech giant of defamation, breach of contract, and anti-competitive practices. The platform launched the procedure Tuesday evening, after withdrawing its initial complaint against Amazon for cutting off access to its servers. It was also banned in January from the download platforms of Apple and Google for content that could incite violence and the lack of moderation, in the wake of the riots on Capitol Hill.

Parler accuses Amazon of “Persecute start-ups which appear to be threats”, according to the complaint filed in a court in Washington State (northwest). The complainant considers “To be just the latest victim of Amazon’s efforts to destroy a rising tech star through deceptive, defamatory, anti-competitive and bad faith behavior”.

Parler, which claimed 20 million members before it was blacklisted, took more than a month to find a way to get back online. The decisions of Amazon, Apple and Google were taken after the January 6 riots in Washington, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the seat of the United States Congress in an attempt to prevent the certification of victory by Joe Biden. The big platforms then purged themselves of extremist accounts supporting the former president, who was himself ousted from Facebook and Twitter.

But for Parler, who wants to be a champion of freedom of expression, the reasons given are “Lies” and do not reflect the real motives of Amazon and AWS, its powerful cloud branch (remote computing). “Before all of this happened, Parler was close to fundraising and was valued at $ 1 billion – and AWS knew that very well.”, argue the lawyers of the conservative network. “Due to the illegal actions of Amazon and AWS, Parler has lost tens of millions of current and potential users – many of them migrated to other platforms – and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue annual advertising “, they continue.

The leaders of Parler did not specify which host had agreed to sell them its services and replace Amazon to restart the social network in mid-February. They only indicated that he now relied on “A robust, viable and independent technology”. “Parler is managed by an experienced team and is here to stay”, said Mark Meckler, acting general manager of the network.

At the end of January, the chairman of a parliamentary committee asked the FBI to investigate the role played by the network in the invasion of the Capitol. In her letter, Democrat Carolyn Maloney also asked the FBI director to review the company’s finances and its ties to Russia.

Amazon did not immediately respond to an AFP solicitation.