Judge Denys Demand To Reinstate Parler App On Amazon
The new social media site, Parler, attempted to sue Amazon, after being banned by the company's web-hosting services, as inciting violence was shown on the app. This decision to remove the app comes after the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein, sided with Amazon, arguing that Parler would not take down posts that insisted on violence.
"The Court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS 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 on Thursday, according to NPR.
In the lawsuit, Amazon pointed towards Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which is a 1996 federal law, which prevents people from suing an Internet company over what users post.
Parler had loose rules on engagement, and a lack of moderation, with about 15 million users.
Google and Apple had already banned it from their app stores, which made the app next to impossible to download.
Rebekah Mercer, originally funded Parler and was also a big donor for the former President, Donald J. Trump. Mercer opened up the possibility for opening their own servers as well as its own Web hosting. Trump also mentioned the idea of creating his own social media, after Twitter had permanently suspended him.