Parler finds potential web hosting refuge after Amazon shuts down its servers

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2021

Amazon Web Services filed its response to Parler's lawsuit on Tuesday, blaming the social media platform favored by the far-right for filing a "meritless claim" against the cloud computing giant and citing a liability shield often maligned by President Donald Trump: Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934.

According to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters, Amazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWS's terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content. It is also seeking unspecified triple damages. Groesbeck has not responded to requests for comment; his website redirects to an "under construction" page.

He said in a post on Parler that "There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the Internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch".

Apple followed suit on Saturday after giving Parler a day to address complaints it was being used to "plan and facilitate yet further illegal and risky activities".

Parler is a non-partisan company, but it had become a refuge for Trump supporters and others who have been either kicked off Facebook and Twitter or have left those social networks in protest. Posts on the social media platform were part of the long trail of digital evidence available to investigators.

Amazon's attorneys, Ambika Doran and Alonzo Wickers of Davis Wright Tremaine, asked U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle to deny Parler's motion for a temporary restraining order in light of the proliferation of violent content on Parler - which advertises itself as an unmoderated, anything-goes alternative to Twitter.

"We're going to try our best to get back online as quickly as possible, but we're having a lot of trouble because every vendor we talk to says they won't work with us because if Apple doesn't approve and Google doesn't approve, they won't", he added. Twitter has been trying to put the brakes on QAnon for months, deleting more than 7,000 accounts in July. The cache of data is not yet easily readable by non-experts. "It's important because these forums are increasingly where people come together to organize themselves".

Cutting off Parler removes a key recruitment tool for various groups that are connected by Trump's misinformation about the presidential election, Brookie said.

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