Parler Drops Lawsuit Against Amazon

( Social media app Parler has dropped one of its lawsuits against Amazon while it filed a new one.

On Tuesday, the company filed in federal court a voluntary dismissal of its case against Amazon. That lawsuit was filed in January, when Amazon abruptly decided to stop hosting the site on its servers. Parler had been using Amazon Web Services as its host at the time.

In their original suit, Parler was seeking a court ruling that would order AWS to resume hosting their site. Amazon said it would no longer host the site because of violent posts that appeared on the site in the wake of the attacks at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.

Now that Parler has found a new web hosting company, though, it apparently doesn’t want to have a court rule that AWS must host it.

But, that one dismissal won’t end the legal battle between the two companies. Parler filed a new lawsuit in state court in Washington that has alleged breach of contract and defamation.

In the lawsuit, Parler has alleged that Amazon leaked “false allegations to the press” about their company, which as a result damaged the social media platform’s reputation. Parler has also accused Amazon of breaching their contract by not giving them appropriate 30-days notice before they removed the site from the web completely.

The complaint filed by Parler further alleges that Amazon was seeking to limit the social media app’s power in the market.

AWS dismissed Parler’s most recent lawsuit, saying “there is no merit to these claims.” A spokesperson for AWS said:

“AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow. However, as shown by the evidence in Parler’s federal lawsuit, it was clear that there was significant content on Parler that encouraged and incited violence against others, which is a violation of our terms of service.

“Further, Parler was unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which coupled with an increase in this type of dangerous violent content, led to our suspension of their services.”

AWS, then, are maintaining that the company was justified in suspending Parler because of the company’s failure to screen the content in question.

In February, Parler announced it was re-launching its social media platform without having to rely on any Big Tech companies to run. By being built on its on independent technology, Parler would have the freedom to run their company as they see fit. They also announced a change in leadership at the company.

In announcing the new decision, the company’s interim CEO, Mark Meckler, said:

“When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever.

“Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”