Well, “if you don’t like Twitter, just create your own platform” certainly didn’t last long.
On Sunday at midnight, after Parler was delisted from the app stores of both major mobile platforms, Amazon took down the upstart social media platform’s internet servers. This effectively shut down Parler, which had seen a massive influx of users in the days since President Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter on Friday.
Unsurprisingly, then, Parler is suing Amazon, claiming anti-competitive violations and breach of contract, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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“[Amazon Web Services’] decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus. It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter,” Parler’s complaint stated.
The complaint also accused Amazon of having double standards when it comes to the policing of content, noting that Amazon had recently signed a multi-year deal