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Not required to host ‘incendiary speech': Judge REJECTS Parler's lawsuit to restore Amazon service

Added 01-21-21 04:37:03pm EST - “Social media platform Parler is facing more bad news as a federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from the company seeking to have Amazon restore hosting services following ties being severed after the US Capitol riot.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Not required to host ‘incendiary speech’: Judge REJECTS Parler’s lawsuit to restore Amazon service”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

US District Judge Barbara Rothstein has sided with Amazon in the dispute, saying it is within the company’s right to suspend hosting services to the social media platform, which had become relatively popular with conservatives and Donald Trump supporters for its hands-off approach to moderating content.

"The Court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS [Amazon Web Services] to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler's users have engaged in. At this stage, on the showing made thus far, neither the public interest nor the balance of equities favors granting an injunction in this case," Rothstein wrote. 

Parler argued in its lawsuit that Amazon, one of many companies to sever ties with the social media platform following the protest at the Capitol on January 6, that Amazon’s decision was based on “political animus” and was meant to benefit competitor Twitter, which many users left in favor of Parler, citing political bias concerns.

Amazon argued that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet companies from being sued over what users post, allows companies the legal right to reject hosting certain content. 

"That is precisely what AWS did here: removed access to content it considered 'excessively violent' and 'harassing,'" attorneys for the company wrote in a submission to the court. 

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