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Parler: An App for Hate

Hiding its ownership, platform meant to promote violence

Posted on
Apr 15, 2021

The right-wing social networking site Parler is attempting to use the courts to hide the true owners of the site where Trump insurrectionists planned the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. Find out more below from the Bangor Daily News.

Parler, a social network billing itself as the conservative alternative to Twitter, is seeking to conceal its ownership, Amazon contended in new legal filings Tuesday as the dispute between the companies plays out in Seattle courts.

An attorney for Parler, Angelo Calfo, disputed that claim, saying the burden was on Amazon to prove who owns the social network.

“This is a ginned-up effort to try to throw mud at Parler, when Parler has been completely clear about its ownership,” Calfo said in an interview Tuesday.

The legal battle between Amazon and Parler kicked off in January when Parler protested Amazon’s decision to terminate its cloud-computing contract, temporarily wiping Parler from the internet. Amazon said Parler didn’t adequately moderate a surge in violent content on its site before, during and after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol., in violation of the tech giant’s terms of service.

Parler asked a federal district judge in Seattle to force Amazon to reinstate it on the web. When that failed, Parler filed a new complaint against Amazon in King County Superior Court — a move Amazon’s attorneys wrote in their filing Tuesday was so that “Parler could more readily escape” a hearing in front of a judge who had already taken a dim view of the social network’s claims. “Parler’s judge shopping is evident,” Amazon’s attorneys wrote.

Amazon immediately dragged the case back into federal court, where it was assigned to the same judge who had ruled against Parler. The social network objected to the move, arguing in part that a Washington federal court has no jurisdiction over the case since both Amazon and Parler are incorporated in Delaware. (Amazon was originally incorporated in Seattle but reincorporated in Delaware in 1996.)

 

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