OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
The last several days have brought coordinated attacks by ultra liberal Big Tech companies on Conservative voices, the Parler app, and free speech rights generally, culminating in Amazon Web Services (AWS) refusing to host Parler online and ultimately forcing the free speech platform offline entirely. In response to the coordinated efforts to destroy the company, Parler has announced that it is suing Amazon’s cloud-computing business for violation of antitrust laws and break of contract between the two entities. The lawsuit reads,
“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. Thus, AWS is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in combination with Defendant Twitter. AWS is also breaching its contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler with a thirty-day notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty-hour notice AWS actually provided. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future.”
Additionally, the lawsuit suggests that AWS decided to refuse service to Parler in order to rescue Twitter from the rapidly growing competitor just weeks after AWS and Twitter signed a deal stating that AWS would “provide global cloud infrastructure to deliver Twitter timelines.”
“Last Month, Defendant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (‘AWS’) and the popular social media platform Twitter signed a multi-year deal so that AWS could support the daily delivery of millions of tweets. AWS currently provides that same service to Parler, a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter.”
According to Amazon’s press release about the deal with Twitter,
“Twitter will rely on the breadth and depth of AWS, including capabilities in compute, containers, storage, and security, to reliably deliver the real-time service with the lowest latency, while continuing to develop and deploy new features to improve how people use Twitter. The new agreement builds on the companies’ more than decade-long collaboration, where AWS continues to provide Twitter with storage, compute, database, and content delivery services to support its distribution of images, videos and ad content.”
Sure seems like a pretty good reason to refuse service to Twitter’s major competitor, Parler. And what better excuse to disguise their antitrust and breach of contract behavior than to use the growing social tensions and currently trendy censorship agenda.
Parler’s lawsuit further highlights the hypocrisy of the complaints against Parler that apparently sparked these Big Tech bans.
“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.”
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Clearly, “encouraging and inciting violence against others” isn’t actually the issue here, because there are many verified Twitter accounts that regularly encourage and incite violence against others which are allowed to remain active, including the violent Dictator of Iran who regularly calls for the death of Americans and the destruction of Israel, and Chinese Communist Party propagandists, who regularly glorify the violent overthrow of a free nation and glamorize modern slavery and human rights violations.