Judge Rejects Parler’s Request for Order Forcing Amazon to Keep Hosting Service

 

 

 

A federal judge on Jan. 21 denied a request from Parler that sought to have the court order Amazon Web Services (AWS) to continue hosting the service.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, a Carter appointee, said that Parler failed to meet the standard for the issuance of a preliminary injection.

“To be clear, the Court is not dismissing Parler’s substantive underlying claims at this time. Parler has fallen far short, however, of demonstrating, as it must, that it has raised serious questions going to the merits of its claims, or that the balance of hardships tips sharply in its favor. It has also failed to demonstrate that it is likely to prevail on the merits of any of its three claims; that the balance of equities tips in its favor, let alone strongly so; or that the public interests lie in granting the injunction,” she wrote in the 14-page order.

Parler, a social media website, had asked the court to grant a motion enjoining Amazon from suspending Parler’s account.

Amazon earlier this month abruptly suspended Parler, claiming the site was in violation of its policies. Parler alleged Amazon violated a contract the company has.

“AWS’s decision to suspend 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,” it said in its motion.

A federal judge on Jan. 21 denied a request from Parler that sought to have the court order Amazon Web Services (AWS) to continue hosting the service.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein, a Carter appointee, said that Parler failed to meet the standard for the issuance of a preliminary injection.

“To be clear, the Court is not dismissing Parler’s substantive underlying claims at this time. Parler has fallen far short, however, of demonstrating, as it must, that it has raised serious questions going to the merits of its claims, or that the balance of hardships tips sharply in its favor. It has also failed to demonstrate that it is likely to prevail on the merits of any of its three claims; that the balance of equities tips in its favor, let alone strongly so; or that the public interests lie in granting the injunction,” she wrote in the 14-page order.

Parler, a social media website, had asked the court to grant a motion enjoining Amazon from suspending Parler’s account.

Amazon earlier this month abruptly suspended Parler, claiming the site was in violation of its policies. Parler alleged Amazon violated a contract the company has.

“AWS’s decision to suspend 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,” it said in its motion.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/judge-rejects-parlers-request-for-order-forcing-amazon-to-keep-hosting-service_3666247.html

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