Parler LLC v. Amazon Web Services, No 2:21-cv-00031 (BJR) (W.D. Wash.) Verified Complaint filed January 11, 2021.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has suspended webhosting services to Parler, a relative newcomer to the social media marketplace because, AWS has stated, AWS doubts Parler’s capacity to monitor postings that incite violence.
AWS suspended Parler almost immediately after Parler’s competitor Twitter permanently terminated the account of Donald J Trump. This termination prompted a mass migration of customers from Twitter to Parler as well as a significant spike in new customers.
AWS towers above other web hosting services globally. By comparison with the shuttered Parler, Parler observes that AWS has promised Twitter timeline and enhanced services.
Parler asserts in its Complaint in federal court in Washington that because of the suspension, which Parler says has been presented like a termination, AWS has irreparably damaged Parler’s business and reputation.
Even if Parler is able to find another platform, Parler avers, the time and other costs associated with rewriting Parler’s AWS-compatible code will be extraordinary.
Parler alleges that AWS’ agreement to enhance services to Twitter while forcing Parler from the marketplace violates the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Parler also asserts that by effectively terminating Parler without the thirty day’s notice required by the agreement between the two, AWS has breached its agreement with Parler.
Parler denies any breach of its agreement with AWS, stating that it removed any allegedly unacceptable comments that AWS brought to Parler’s attention. Parler observes that similar content has been retained without comment on Twitter.
Briefing concerning injunctive relief will close January 13th. A time for oral argument has not been set.