Briefing

Amazon calls Parler’s lawsuit ‘no more than a meritless claim’

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Amazon Web Services said in a court filing that if a contract was breached, it was breached by Parler, which failed to identify and remove public-safety threats on its social media platform. (The Logic)

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Talking point: “This case is about Parler’s demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services (‘AWS’) content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens,” AWS said in its filing, adding that compelling it to host such content “would be unprecedented.” Parler filed a complaint and asked for a temporary restraining order January 11, according to court documents, after AWS notified the social media site shortly before that date it would suspend its account. Meanwhile, Airbnb announced it would block and cancel all reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during inauguration week, Google said it would pause political ads on its platforms until at least January 21 and a Facebook spokesperson said the company has seen an increase in violent rhetoric tied to the upcoming inauguration.