Parler CEO John Matze sued Amazon Web Services (AWS) on charges that Amazon Web Services violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and the contract that stated it was required to give 30 days notice of the suspension instead of the 30 hours it unilaterally imposed.
Matze said, “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate the Parler account is apparently motivated by political expediency,” according to Fox News on Jan. 11.
Additionally, “AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future,” Matze stated in the lawsuit document.
Parler is requesting a temporary restraining order to prevent AWS from blacklisting it and points out that the suspension by Amazon, Apple, and Google from the social media platform is “a good example” of a monopoly.
He also described part of what happened, “When Twitter announced two evenings ago that it was permanently banning President Trump from its platform, conservative users began to flee Twitter en masse for Parler.”
And he continued, “The exodus was so large that the next day, yesterday, Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store.”
In fact, the Parler application was downloaded 210,000 times on Friday, an increase of 281% from the day before. The Gab network obtained an average of 100,000 subscriptions per hour, according to Business Insider.
However, by Jan. 11, Parler had disappeared from the internet. Matze estimates that this situation could last a week.
For Matze, Big Tech is applying a double standard, in which it discriminates against Parler and gives preferential treatment to others.
“We see all sorts of nasty threatening content on Twitter, much more of it actually, in our opinion, and, actually, a lot of content that’s deleted from Parler still remains on Twitter to this day in the form of screenshots,” Matze added.
Amazon, Google, and Apple’s detriment was not only that they denied its services in an abusive way, but they influenced other providers to also deny their support to Parler, deepening the difficulties.
The sharp increase in censorship arbitrarily applied by social networks Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and others has generated a lot of criticism for the persecution of the right to free expression.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) took a step forward and called for an investigation against the technology giants for organized crime.
“I don’t know where the hell the Department of Justice is at right now or the FBI,” Nunes said as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“There should be a racketeering investigation on all the people that coordinated this attack on not only a company, but on all of those like us,” Nunes emphasized.
He added, “I have 3 million supporters on Parler, tonight I will no longer be able to communicate with those people, and they are Americans.”