Parler urges US judge to order Amazon to restore its platform By Reuters

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By Elizabeth Culliford and Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – Parler on Thursday urged a US judge to order Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 to restore the company’s account, saying Amazon had no evidence that the Social media platform was used to incite last week’s assault on the United States Capitol. At a federal court hearing in Seattle, Parler’s attorney, David Groesbeck, said the company would suffer irreparable harm if forced to shut down and that keeping it alive served the public interest. He also downplayed Parler’s role in the unrest in Washington. “Millions of law-abiding Americans have had their voices silenced,” Groesbeck told US District Judge Barbara Rothstein. “There is no evidence, apart from some anecdotal references in the press, that Parler was involved in inciting the riots.” Parler is a favorite of many supporters of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and has more than 12 million users. Amazon Web Services cut Parler on Sunday night, saying Parler had ignored repeated warnings to remove violent content. He said this content included calls to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ 🙂 Mark Zuckerberg, and the media. Ambika Doran, an attorney for Amazon, said Parler violated her contract by allowing such content and had not demonstrated that she could effectively monitor the content. “Amazon took the only real option it could, which was to suspend the account,” he said. Parler said Amazon had no contractual right to disconnect and did so in a politically motivated attempt to benefit Twitter Inc (NYSE :), a larger Amazon client that Parler said did not censor violent content targeting conservatives. He wants a temporary injunction to be restored on Amazon’s servers while he litigates. Rothstein said he would rule “as quickly as possible.” Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 and Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc, Google, removed Parler from their app stores after last week’s riots. John Matze, Parler’s chief executive, told Reuters on Wednesday that Parler may never reconnect, but later said Parler would come back and be stronger.

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