A US court rejected Parler's request to resume Amazon hosting services

A US court rejected Parler's request to resume Amazon hosting services

Federal judge Barbara Rothstein from a US court in Seattle dismissed Parler's request for Amazon to restore hosting services (placing the site on servers) on Thursday. Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon after the company cut the service off its servers on the grounds of "violating the rules".

Rothstein considered it unlikely that Parler would be able to prove that Amazon's decision to suspend the service on the site violated the contract or the antitrust law.

The judge also firmly rejected the suggestion that a court order requiring Amazon to post online the "abusive, violent content that is the subject of this case" would "serve the public interest," especially in the wake of the recent US Capitol riots.

She added that this tragic event reminded us that inflammatory rhetoric could turn a lawful protest into a violent uprising sooner than we expect, the Reuters agency reported.

Amazon's spokeswoman said in a statement that the company is happy with the court's ruling and the case is not about freedom of speech, but about a customer who has consistently violated the terms of use of the website.

"We are disappointed with the decision of the judge against our application for security in the lawsuit against Amazon," Parler reported on its website. The announcement assured that the proceedings are still at an early stage and that the company is sure that the court battle will ultimately win.

Amazon suspended Parler's operation in the aftermath of the Capitol riots on January 6, arguing that the site contained incitement to violence. Parler "was unable or unwilling to quickly identify and remove this content, which is in breach of our terms of service," an Amazon spokesman explained.

In response, Parler sued Amazon, believing the company was driven by "political reluctance" to make its decision and wanted to eliminate competition in the microblogging platform market. In response to the lawsuit, Amazon presented to the court screenshots of some entries on the website that incited violence and had a racist and anti-Semitic character.

The president of Parler, John Matze, assured that his website does not tolerate violence, does not discriminate any point of view and tries to ensure the privacy of its users. Late last week, Matze's lawyers reported that President Parler and his family were hiding following death threats and personal security breaches.

On Monday, Matze declared that Parler would start operating again before the end of January (PAP).

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