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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 warned Parler about the vile and threatening language on its site before cutting off the social media platform favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump from its servers, according to a court document. At the exhibits that were part of a filing with the US district court in Seattle late Tuesday, Amazon provided copies of emails from late last year. One of them gave examples in Parler of vile language, for example, used to describe former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as posts such as “the only good Democrat is a dead one. Kill them all.” Parler defended Obama’s insults as hateful but covered by the First Amendment to the Constitution. The direct threat, the defendant said, “has been relayed to our regulatory contact for investigation.” A second exhibit includes a long list of Parler’s posts that threatened specific acts of violence against people, some of which are named while others are simply described as “liberal” or black, gay, Jewish, or transgender. “There was a growing volume of content on Parler that threatened or encouraged violence,” an anonymous Amazon executive said in a statement included in the exhibits. “We explained that given the events at the US Capitol building and the threats regarding the upcoming inauguration, we had a real concern about this content leading to more violence,” the statement said, referring to the violent siege of the Capitol last week. passed by supporters of Trump and The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. The filings were made as part of Parler’s Jan. 11 lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the big tech company of making an illegal, politically motivated decision to shut it down for the benefit of Twitter Inc. (NYSE 🙂 Parler did not immediately respond to requests for comments.