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Federal judge strikes down Parler’s attempt to force Amazon to host it

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A federal judge struck down an attempt by Parler to force Amazon Web Services (AWS) to reinstate it, ruling Thursday that AWS was within its rights to remove the conservative social media platform from its web-hosting service.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle rejected the request by Parler for a preliminary injunction that aimed to force AWS to continue hosting the social media site, stating in her decision to deny the request that the evidence Parler “has submitted in support of the claim is both dwindlingly slight, and disputed by AWS”.

“The Court rejects any suggestion that the public interest favors requiring AWS to host the incendiary speech that the record shows some of Parler’s users have engaged in. At this stage, on the showing made thus far, neither the public interest nor the balance of equities favors granting an injunction in this case,” Rothstein also wrote on Thursday.

Thursday’s ruling is a major defeat for Parler as it continues to find a service to host it. The social media platform—created as a conservative alternative to Twitter and Facebook, which many conservatives have accused of censorship for ideological purposes—was removed by AWS a few days after the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, as well as from the Apple and Google app stores.

Parler’s suit claimed that AWS’s removal of Parler was “apparently motivated by political animus” and violated antitrust laws.

Amazon, on the other hand, argued that Parler breached their contract and that its removal was not motivated by political bias.

Right after Parler’s lawsuit was initially filed, an Amazon spokesperson told this reporter in a statement that “AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow.”

Describing why AWS removed Parler, the spokesperson said that: “it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service,” adding that they made their “concerns known to Parler over a number of weeks and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services”.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich Fights Back DOJ Challenging Legal Citizenship Voter Law

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division with one clear message: ‘We’ll see you in court.’

Biden’s DOJ is challenging an Arizona law aimed to protect its citizens by ensuring only citizens can vote in elections.

Brnovich makes mention of a letter he received from Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General, dated June 27, 2022 “expressing your intent to challenge HB 2492, Arizona’s law that assures only citizens are able to vote in our elections.”

“Please be assured that I will defend this law to the U.S. Supreme our if necessary and defeat the federal government’s efforts to interfere with our state’s election safeguards, as I did last year in Brnovich v. DNC” the letter continued.

“It is curious, however, that the Department of Justice would use its resources to challenge a common sense law inn Arizona designed to guard against non-citizen voting, while the Biden Administration nis simultaneously opening our borders to encourage a flood of illegal immigration.”

“Is the federal government attempting to undermine our sovereignty and destabilize our election infrastructure?” Brnovich asks. “I hope that is not your intention.” The Arizona Attorney General concludes his letter by writing “I strongly urge you to reconsider your pursuit of this misguided suit and to instead recognize Arizona’s constitutional authority to conduct lawful and secure elections.”

 

 

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