Parler has sued Amazon after the social media company was booted from Amazon’s web hosting services (AWS).
The lawsuit was filed in the US Western District Court, Parler states that “AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus. It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
Parler argues since President Trump was banned from Twitter he would have sent up a Parler account which would have hurt Twitter and brought millions of followers over to Parler. The banished social media company claims Amazon’s decision was politically motivated and was done to protect and advance the interests of twitter.
But the lawsuit may be the least of Amazon’s concerns because the Texas Attorney General may be getting involved.
Texas AG: We are reviewing the legality of Amazon’s action against Parler
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 11, 2021
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has signaled that he will consider divesting funds that go to big tech after it was requested from Florida State Representative Randy Fine.
In a letter to DeSantis Fine said that the violence that took place at the Capitol last week was one of the “saddest” moments of his life but, their actions do not define conservatives and the actions taken by big tech against conservatives is inexcusable.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) January 12, 2021
“They may get to decide who they do business with. So do we,” Fine said.
“No matter what one thinks about President Trump, he remains the duly-elected President of the United States until noon on Jan. 20. If the President of the United States can be silenced by these companies, then so can anyone.”
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, a member of DeSantis cabinet signaled he’s onboard.
“We should consider getting this on the next Cabinet agenda,” said Patronis. Big-tech coordinated to shut down conservative accounts but still allows [Venezuelan leader] Nicolás Maduro to spread lies.”
Patronis is highlighting the problem if big tech is going to clamp down on Trump they must clamp down on actual dictators and other controversial governments like Iran and China.
“It is clear that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in one-sided viewpoint discrimination targeting conservatives,” Fine wrote.
“These companies allow actual terrorists around the world to use their platforms to target America, Americans, and our allies, without as much as a peep. And it is not disputed that Amazon, Apple, and Google are actively working to eliminate any alternative outlets where conservatives can speak freely.”