News: Parler sues Amazon again, alleging effort to ‘destroy’ app.
(Reuters) – Parler, a social media app popular with right-wing groups, filed a new lawsuit alleging Amazon.com Inc. January tried to destroy his business.
The lawsuit for a range of damages, including triple claims for anti-competitive behavior, was filed in the Washington state court on Tuesday, two weeks after Parler returned online from a month-long absence.
Parler went dark when Amazon shut down its web hosting services after the Capitol attack, saying Parler failed to effectively moderate violent content on its website.
The new lawsuit came when Parler voluntarily dismissed a federal lawsuit against Amazon for that suspension on Tuesday, a deadline for filing an amended complaint.
Parler’s new lawsuit alleged a number of breaches of contract and, as in the original case, said Amazon closed them down to help a new customer. Twitter Inc.
The app said it was worth $ 1 billion and was close to funding when Seattle-based Amazon pulled the plug, costing tens of millions of users and hundreds of millions of dollars in annual advertising revenue.
“When companies are this big, it’s easy to be a bully,” Parler said, calling himself “a victim of Amazon’s efforts to destroy a burgeoning tech company through misleading, defamatory, anti-competitive and malicious behavior.”
An Amazon spokesman said the new claims are unfounded and “offer technology and services to customers across the political spectrum.”
Parler said there was a lack of evidence to spark the Capitol riot, but the January 21 federal judge declined to order Amazon to resume services.
The relaunch effectively discussed Parler’s claim that Amazon had shut down.
Parler said his new platform was built on “sustainable, independent technology”.
SkySilk, a Los Angeles-based company, said it provides private cloud infrastructure.
Google has also removed the Parler app from the Play Store and Apple from the App Store.
Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru and Elizabeth Culliford and Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Shailesh Kuber, Aurora Ellis, Arun Koyyur and David Gregorio
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