By November past year, though, Amazon's cloud-computing division had received reports of harmful content posted on Parler. Further you can not crosspost to other platforms. So there's no sharing of your Parler post to Facebook or Twitter, though people do take screenshots and post to other platforms. It is believed to have around 10 million users globally and 8 million in the United States, according to data by Sensor Tower analytics.
Amazon said it is banning QAnon merchandise from its marketplace in response to the extremist group's role in attacking the U.S. Capitol. Hours before Amazon told Parler on Friday its account would be suspended, a group of Amazon tech workers had received significant media attention for calling on their employer to dump Parler.
Parler pitches itself as a neutral platform in favour of free speech as enshrined in the American constitution, with no restrictions whatsoever.
Amazon reportedly flagged 98 examples of Parler posts inciting and encouraging violence. Such content was not removed by Parler.More news: COVID-19 vaccinations top 60,000 in B.C., more on the way
In its filing Wednesday, Parler suggests Amazon's about-face could have been due to concerns over how its relationship with Parler would be perceived publicly, and how much more hard it might become to constrain the network were Trump to join. Hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer and conservative commentator Dan Bongino are investors of the service. The Mercer family has also contributed heavily to Donald Trump's campaigns in the past.
The case is Parler LLC v. Amazon Web Services, Inc before U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in the Western District of Washington. Google and Apple have also removed Parler from their app stores. Both companies had asked Parler to step up moderation on the platform and remove content which had glorified the violence.
"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 unsafe content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services Sunday evening", the AWS spokesperson added. The company refused to do this. Regarding the post about Obama, though, she notes that "as hateful as it is, would not be deemed a violation of our terms of service". He said the best thing would be if Parler could get back on Amazon.
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The response added that there is "no legal basis" that would compel Amazon to "host content of this nature".
Suspensions by Apple Inc's App Store and Alphabet Inc's Google had already meant potential new users were unable to download the app.
"Recently, we've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms", the email reads.
So on the face of it, a reinstatement could be as simple as Parler agreeing to follow Apple's Terms of Service to the letter. "Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove. content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens".More news: Ontario's new COVID modelling shows LTC deaths could top first wave