The social network Parler, highly prized by conservatives, radicals and the far right in the United States for its lack of moderation, has suffered reprisals from Google, Apple and Amazon. Currently offline, the platform is suing Amazon for breach of contract.
There will be a judicial component in the conflict between Amazon and Parler, the social network on which conservative and far-right American internet users planned to regroup to escape the increasingly strong moderation of large community sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. . In its edition of January 11, the site The Hill indicates that Parler has filed a complaint against the net giant.
In his lawsuit against the Seattle firm, Parler demands that justice force Amazon to restore the service provided to it. She brandishes for it several legal arguments, including breach of contract, discriminatory treatment by an actor enjoying a dominant position (here, in web hosting) and illegitimate interference in Parler’s business.
The conservative social network argues that ” Amazon Web Services’ decision to effectively terminate Talking’s account is apparently motivated by political animosity “. She would also be ” intended to reduce competition in the market for microblogging services for the benefit of Twitter “, Suggesting the existence of a hypothetical conspiracy between Amazon and Twitter for the benefit of the second.
Solicited by The Hill, several American lawyers considered that the prospects of victory of Parler in the courts were modest, not to say null. ” By far the biggest flaw in the complaint is the fact that it does not allege facts that point to a conspiracy between Amazon and Twitter “, Says one of them, who is a professor of law at the University of Southern California.
Google and Apple also intervened
Amazon’s decision to cut ties with Parler dates back to January 10, by withdrawing its hosting services. In fact, the controversial social network has become inaccessible – perhaps it will be able to return to another host, which is however uncertain given the radioactive reputation that the platform drags. Previously, Google and Apple ejected the app from their respective stores.
In a statement by the head of public policies of the service addressed to several media across the Atlantic, Amazon said that it ” cannot provide a service to a customer who is not able to quickly identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence “. It is also this legal angle that Amazon and Google have taken to attack Parler, which did not apply any serious moderation.
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