Olympia, WA – A federal lawsuit filed by Parler against Amazon on Monday claimed that over an hour before Amazon told Parler that their hosting was being canceled, Amazon leaked the cancelation notice to the media.
Article originally published at The Police Tribune.
Parler is a free speech social media network which was shut down by Amazon on Sunday night when Amazon Web Services pulled their server hosting. The move comes after both Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their app stores for not censoring speech on the platform.
In Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon, they claimed that Amazon canceled their account due to political animus and to protect Twitter after Amazon had just secured a contract to handle Twitter’s hosting.
“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,” the lawsuit says. “The exodus was so large that the next day, yesterday, Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store.”
“Yet last evening, AWS announced that it would suspend Parler’s account effective Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59 PM PST,” Parler’s lawsuit says. “And it stated the reason for the suspension was that AWS was not confident Parler could properly police its platform regarding content that encourages or incites violence against others. However, Friday night one of the top trending tweets on Twitter was ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ But AWS has no plans nor has it made any threats to suspend Twitter’s account.”
In the lawsuit, Parler noted that BuzzFeed reported on Amazon pulling their services from Parler at 6:07 p.m. Buzzfeed had a copy of Parler’s cancelation notice, but Parler didn’t even receive the letter until 7:19 p.m.
It’s not clear if the release of the letter to BuzzFeed was authorized by Amazon. Parler accused Amazon of breaching its contract by not providing the required 30-day notice, and intentionally interfering with their business.
And Parler is seeking a temporary restraining order for Amazon to restore its hosting, as well as unspecified damages to be granted at a trial. Parler has been completely offline since Amazon pulled their hosting Sunday night.
COVID-19 lockdowns are taking down an independent news outlet
Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat.
Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it.
When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. But what we do at NOQ Report to deliver the truth and fight the progressive mainstream media narrative that has plagued this nation is too important for me to sacrifice it for the sake of wealth. We know we’ll never make a ton of money this way, and we’re okay with that.
Things have become harder with the coronavirus lockdowns. Both ad money and donations that have kept us afloat for a while have dropped dramatically. We thought we could weather the storm, but the resurgence of lockdowns that mainstream media and Democrats are pushing has put our prospects in jeopardy. In short, we are now in desperate need of financial assistance.
The best way NOQ Report readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We need approximately $17,300 to stay afloat through March when we hope the economy will be more open, but more would be wonderful and any amount that brings us closer to our goal is greatly appreciated.
The second way to help is to become a partner. We’ve strongly considered seeking angel investors in the past but because we were paying the bills, it didn’t seem necessary. Now, we’re struggling to pay the bills. This shouldn’t be the case as our traffic the last year has been going up dramatically. June, 2018, we had 11,678 visitors. A year later in June, 2019, we were up to 116,194. In June, 2020, we had 614,192. In November, 2020, we hit 1.2 million visitors.
We’re heading in the right direction and we believe we’re ready talk to patriotic investors who want to not only “get in on the action” but more importantly who want to help America hear the truth. Interested investors should contact me directly with the contact button above.
As the world spirals towards radical progressivism, the need for truthful journalism has never been greater. But in these times, we need as many conservative media voices as possible. Please help keep NOQ Report going.