Parler, a new social media platform came under fire after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6th.
Parler was founded as an alternative to Twitter and one where conservatives could speak free of censorship. Soon thereafter, Amazon Web Services (AWS) released the following statement “Given the unfortunate events that transpired this past week in Washington, D.C., there is serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence,” wrote Amazon.
Parler responded and filed suit, seeking an injunction and accusing Amazon of violating antitrust law.
“Indeed, Parler has failed to do more than raise the specter of preferential treatment of Twitter by AWS,” writes U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein in denying an injunction. “The sum of its allegation is that ‘by pulling the plug on Parler but leaving Twitter alone despite identical conduct by users on both sites, AWS reveals that its expressed reasons for suspending Parler’s account are but pretext.’ But Parler and Twitter are not similarly situated, because AWS does not provide online hosting services to Twitter.”
The judge says that Parler has failed to establish a likelihood of prevailing on the antitrust claim.