Parler is suing Amazon after the retailer pulled its support for the platform effectively forcing it offline.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the retailer’s cloud computing arm which provides cloud services for some of the world’s biggest websites, announced over the weekend that it would no longer support the social media platform.
In response Parler, the Twitter alternative that is thought to have been widely used to orchestrate the riots in Washington last Wednesday, filed a lawsuit against Amazon in Washington.
The lawsuit claims that Amazon withdrawal of services was “motivated by political animus” and “designed to reduce competition” to benefit Twitter, which is also supported by AWS.
It added that Twitter was suffering a significant loss in market share after deciding to permanently block outgoing president Donald Trump’s account, which had over 88 million followers.
The lawsuit also made accusations that AWS breached its contract with Parler, claims Amazon says are “without merit”.
Amazon said over the weekend that it had stopped supporting Parler after seeing “a steady increase in … violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms.”
It added: “It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation. You remove some (content) when contacted by us or others, but not always with urgency. Your CEO recently stated publicly that he doesn’t ‘feel responsible for any of this, and neither should the platform’.
“We cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others”.
It comes as both Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores while alternative hosting sites have also refused to take on the platform, leaving it with no choice but the remain offline.