In a lawsuit Tuesday, Amazon responded to Parlor’s allegations that it was unfair to take down the social network – and in the process, outsiders took a fresh look at the content that provoked Amazon to suspend Parlor’s web service account.
Amazon Web Services suspended the service to Parler on January 9 and effectively shut down the social network. It failed to secure a replacement web host, and it claimed in court that Amazon exercised unfair monopoly power by shutting down the site.
Amazon’s decision to suspend Parlor’s service has sparked ongoing debate about AWS̵
“AWS reported to Parler over the course of many weeks, dozens of examples of content that encouraged violence,” the company argues in the filing, “including calls to hang public officials, kill blacks and Jewish people, and shoot police officers in the head,”
To drive home this point, the complaint contains 15 examples of such positions, which include graphic calls for violence against tech executives, schoolteachers, and professional athletes. In some cases, the comments also refer to specific dates and targets of violence that encourage users to form militia groups and “acquire targets.”
Amazon says it has made more than 100 such comments to Parler in the weeks leading up to the suspension.
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The filing provides more background for Amazon’s earlier allegations that the suspension was in response to escalating calls for violence against Parler.
“It is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and encourages violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to immediately identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our Terms of Service. ”The company said in a statement on 9 January. “We made our concerns known to Parler within a few weeks, and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services on Sunday night.”
In filing, Amazon stressed that it had suspended the service instead of terminating it altogether and was open to restoring the service to Parler if the company began moderating content in accordance with AWS Terms of Service.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made a similar point on Wednesday in an appearance on CBS, explaining that Apple had removed Parler from the iOS App Store due to its failure to moderate the content under Apple’s terms. “All we ask is that he adhere to the terms of service,” Cook said. “Our hope is that they do and come back to the store.”