by Penka Arsova
Amazon on Tuesday defended its decision to ban Parler from its Amazon Web Services after the social media app filed a lawsuit against the company.
How we got here: Parler on Monday filed an antitrust lawsuit against Amazon after the company denied its services to the app and forced it to go offline. Amazon previously notified Parler that it would move to terminate its hosting services because it found 98 examples of content “that clearly encourage and incite violence.”
Parler filed the lawsuit in Washington, arguing that the ban was “motivated by political animus” with the goal of eliminating Twitter’s competition, which is also a user of the Amazon Web Services. “This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place,” Parler CEO John Matze wrote in a post. “We were too successful too fast.”
Parler asked for a temporary restraining order to help keep the site online.