Parler ‘disappointed’ in court ruling keeping it offline but confident it will ‘ultimately prevail’

Parler ‘disappointed’ in court ruling keeping it offline but confident it will ‘ultimately prevail’

Free
speech
app
Parler

a
social
media
platform
favored
by
conservatives
and

President
Donald
Trump’s
supporters

said
on
Thursday
that
while
it
was
“disappointed”
by
a
federal
judge’s
refusal
to
order
Amazon
to
reinstate
its
service,
it
was
confident
about
its
chances
of
ultimately
winning
the
case.

In
a
statement
about
the
ruling,
a
spokesperson
for
Parler
told
Fox
News
the
company is
“gratified”
that
the
court
did
not
blindly
accept
Amazon’s
argument
that
the
platform
was
used
to
plan
and
carry
out
the
Jan.
6
siege
on
Capitol
Hill

“Based
on
the
evidence
of
which
we
are
aware,
the
Parler
platform
was
not
used
in
that
manner

even
though
competing
platforms
clearly
were
used
for
that
purpose,”
the
spokesperson
said. “We
are
grateful
the
court
refused
to
join
the
dishonest
attempt
to
make
Parler
the
scapegoat
for
the
riot.”

The
spokesperson
added
that
every
social
media
platform
sometimes,
unknowingly,
hosts
content
that
incites
violence
or
inappropriate
action,
but
cited
an
internal
analysis
that
apparently
shows
incidence
of
such
inflammatory
material
is
“far
lower
than
on
competing
platforms.”

A
spokesperson
for
Amazon
said
that
the
case
is
not
about
free
speech,
but
rather
about
a
customer
that
violated
its
terms
of
service
“by
allowing
content
to
be
published
on
their
website
that
actively
encouraged
violence
(and
without
an
effective
plan
to
moderate
it).”

“We
welcome
the
court’s
careful
ruling,”
an
Amazon
spokesperson
said
in
a
statement.

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SINGLE
OUT
PARLER
IN
CALL
FOR
‘ROBUST’
FBI
PROBE
INTO
CAPITOL
HILL
RIOT

A
U.S.
District
Court
in
Seattle
on
Thursday
denied
Parler’s
request
for
an
emergency
injunction
against
Amazon
while
the
larger
complaint
is
considered,
which
would
have
restored
the
site’s
service.

The
judge
said
Parler
failed
to
demonstrate
the
public
interests
would
be
better
served
by
granting
the
injunction,
though
she
added
that
she
was
not
“not
dismissing
Parler’s
substantive
underlying
claims
at
this
time.”

Google
and
Apple
removed
Parler
from
their
app
stores
shortly
after
the
siege
on
Capitol
Hill
over
its
failure
to
moderate
“egregious
content,”
including
violent
threats
made
against
lawmakers’
lives
and
intent
to
bring
weapons
to
the
Jan.
6
riot.

Shortly
after,
Amazon
announced
it
would
no
longer
host
Parler
on
Amazon
Web
Services,
effectively
taking
it
offline
altogether.

The
Seattle
tech
giant
said
Parler
had
shown
an
“unwillingness
and
inability”
to
remove
a
slew
of
dangerous
posts
that
called
for
the
rape,
torture
and
assassination
of
politicians,
tech
executives
and
many
others.

The
social
media
app
sued
to
get
back
online,
arguing
that
Amazon
had
breached
its
contract
and
abused
its
market
power.

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Also
on
Thursday,
Chair
of
the
House
Ways
and
Means
Committee,
Rep.
Carolyn
Maloney,
D-N.Y.,
sent
a
request
to
FBI
Director
Christopher
Wray
asking
him
to
initiate
a
“robust”
and
“comprehensive”
investigation
into
Parler’s
role
in
the
siege.

In
a
statement
regarding
the
FBI
probe,
a
Parler
spokesperson
said
the
company
will
continue
to
cooperate
with
law
enforcement
efforts.

Parler,
which
was
founded
in
2018,
was
“built
upon
a
foundation
of
respect
for
privacy
and
personal
data,
free
speech,
free
markets,
and
ethical,
transparent
corporate
policy.”

Some
conservatives

like
Sens.
Ted
Cruz,
R-Texas,
and
Rand
Paul,
R-Ky.

began
turning
to
the
platform
this
year
after
becoming
frustrated
with
content
moderation
on
the
major
platforms.

The
platform,
however,
had
also
become
popular
among
conspiracy
theorists
and
elements
of
the
far-right.


Fox
News’
Brian
Flood
and
The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report.

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