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March 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – In January, Parler sued Amazon after it was removed from being hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) following the January 6 U.S. Capitol disturbances, forcing the alterative social media platform offline. Parler then dropped the original lawsuit over its suspension on Tuesday before filing a new one in a Washington state court the same day, accusing Amazon of numerous contractual violations as well as anti-competitive behavior.
The lawsuit claims that, in withdrawing its services, Amazon attempted to “destroy an up-and-coming technology company through deceptive, defamatory, anti-competitive, and bad faith conduct.” Parler was down for a month before being able to negotiate a hosting contract with a private, Los Angeles-based firm, SkySilk, which said it is providing cloud infrastructure to the company.
“When companies are this big, it’s easy to be a bully,” the lawsuit said. “Many start-up companies that have appeared to be a threat to Amazon and (Amazon Web Services) have felt their wrath. Plaintiff Parler LLC is merely the latest casualty.”
A spokesman for AWS denied any political bias, saying there is “no merit” to any of Parler’s misconduct claims.
“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,” he said. “However, as shown by the evidence in Parler’s federal lawsuit, it was clear that there was significant content on Parler that encouraged and incited violence against others, which is a violation of our terms of service. Further, Parler was unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which coupled with an increase in this type of dangerous violent content, led to our suspension of their services.”
Amazon sent a letter to Parler at the time of suspending the platform from its services, claiming that “we’ve seen a steady increase in … violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms.” Amazon also complained that, upon filing complaints about Parler’s content, the company does “remove some content … but not always with urgency.”
PETITION UPDATE (2/23/21) -
LifeSite has signed on to a Media Research Center (MRC) letter to all 50 state Attorneys General, calling for an investigation into Big Tech.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter have monopolized the industry, and are using their influence to collect user data, suppress content, and silence those who voice ideas and beliefs counter to their own.
As we urged prior, action must be taken to combat these efforts, and that is why we’ve joined the MRC in this fight.
Please take a couple of minutes to READ this LifeSiteNews article about MRC's initiative: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/lifesite-joins-effort-asking-state-attorneys-general-to-investigate-big-tech-for-deceptive-trade-practices
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PETITION UPDATE (2/9/21) -
YouTube just completely removed the LifeSiteNews YouTube channel. This isn’t a ban, every single one of our videos is completely gone. Being completely removed from YouTube means we’ve lost access to 300,000+ followers.
This is the latest and appalling affront to free speech which is happening to many conservative and Christian organizations.
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PETITION UPDATE (1/26/20) -
Twitter has again locked LifeSiteNews out of two of our accounts on the platform for displaying a message noting that President Joe Biden’s newly named Assistant Secretary of Health “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Both accounts displayed a simple message which read: “Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health. ‘Rachel’ Levine is a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.” The tweets also included a link to LifeSite’s article Biden names transgender ‘woman’ as Assistant Secretary of Health, and contained part of the opening sentence of that article, “Joe Biden has announced his intention to appoint a gender-confused man” as Assistant Secretary of Health.
For stating biological or Biblical truths, Twitter and Big Tech are trying to shut down conservative voices.
Therefore, it is now more important than ever to consider dumping Twitter, Google (who own YouTube) and Facebook. To be clear: LifeSite is still using Twitter and Big Tech to encourage others to migrate away from these illiberal platforms.
This is not the first time that LifeSiteNews has been censored by Twitter. In December 2019, Twitter indefinitely suspended our account for a tweet that linked to an article on transgender activist Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv.
At the time, Twitter gave LifeSite the option to delete the tweet and reactivate our account right away. LifeSite remained steadfast that the tweet did not violate any of the company’s “rules and policies,” and sought several appeals with Twitter, while looking into legal action against the company.
And, while LifeSite's account was eventually restored, we must now consider what course of action we will pursue in this case, over and above appealing the ban.
Meanwhile, since taking office on Wednesday last week, Joe Biden has already signed an executive order which will force women’s athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to be open to men. He has also turned back the Trump administration’s policy protecting women’s sports programs in schools.
Last week, LifeSite was banned for two weeks from our YouTube channel, after the site determined that one of our videos about vaccines violated YouTube’s “community guidelines.” We are also in the middle of appealing this ban.
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Twitter just deplatformed President Trump premanently! And, other conservatives, including General Flynn and Sidney Powell, were also summarily deplatformed.
Conservatives, Christians and freedom-loving Americans of all political persuasions must now take a decision to preserve their free speech AND their ability to peaceably assemble by dumping Twitter and Big Tech, and by finding other good alternatives to communicate with each other and share their opinions.
Please SIGN our petition-pledge to Dump Twitter and Big Tech, and take back your freedom of speech and privacy. [CLICK HERE for our "Goodbye Google" resources page to find good alternatives to Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google!]
When you use Twitter or Facebook to communicate, and, or, Google and Amazon to search for something online, these companies can stifle your ability to share your thoughts and opinions and manipulate your search results, threatening your privacy, your freedom of speech, and even our democracy.
Evidence suggests that Twitter and Facebook's 'community guidelines' are selectively enforced against conservatives and Christians, while Google rigs their search algorithms to direct traffic away from conservative and Christian websites, effectively choking traffic to those sites.
Simply put, Twitter, Facebook, Google (who owns YouTube) and Amazon appear to be actively suppressing access to pro-freedom, pro-family and pro-life news and opinion.
Don't contribute to this assault on democracy: Stop using Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon as your default social media platforms and search engine! [CLICK HERE to find a good alternative to Google.]
To repeat: a few liberal and completely unaccountable computer programmers in Silicon Valley are dictating what we do and do not see in our Twitter and Facebook feeds, and in our Google searches.
We, here, at LifeSite, also recently had our Twitter account suspended by the company over "misgendering" a man who claims to be a woman.
LifeSite has also experienced a fall-off in Google search-related traffic since the company updated its search algorithms at the beginning of May.
And, since the November election, Twitter and Big Tech appear to have dramatically INCREASED their censorship of conservatives and Christians as the President Trump disputed the results of the election and when evidence of election fraud began to mount.
Now, it seems likely that they are trying to cut-off conservative leaders (like President Trump) from conservatives on the ground, and effectively exclude us from the national conversation.
But, this tactic will not work. Because Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon are not the only game in town! There are a good number of excellent alternatives which we list in our 'Goodbye Google' Resources page.
The great irony is that, while Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon executives talk a lot about maintaining freedom of speech and diversity, in fact, these hypocrites are ATTACKING free speech point-blank!
This kind of manipulation poses a lethal threat to our democracy, but as we see so clearly now, Twitter and Big Tech have shown no hesitation in excluding conservatives and Christians from the public square.
So, at this point, the only way to stop Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon is to quit using their platform.
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AWS pulled the plug on Parler after it failed to comply with Amazon’s request to “effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others,” rendering the company unable to remain active. Google and Apple also removed the app from their respective app stores.
Parler’s lawsuit alleges that Amazon employed a double standard when applying its content policy, requiring Parler to moderate user content to a greater degree than Twitter and Facebook, its main rivals.
According to the lawsuit, “in a review of the charging documents of the 223 individuals under investigation by the Department of Justice for the January 6 riot, it was disclosed that 73 of those documents reference Facebook – ‘far more references than other social networks’ – with Google-owned YouTube ‘the second most-referenced on 24,’ and “Instagram, a Facebook-owned company, was next on 20 (charging documents).”
Continuing, the lawsuit suggested that the prevalence of “violent content on Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other websites and apps” meant that “it is simply not accurate to suggest that Parler had or has a disproportionately large problem with such content.”
In addition to Parler itself being cancelled by the woke left, individual users have found themselves targeted, simply by opening accounts on the platform. Colleen Oefelein, a former agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, announced on Twitter that she had been fired after opening a Parler account on November 11.
YA Whispers, an anonymous Twitter account that claims to expose agents in the literary world who appear to violate their contract, tagged the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency’s Twitter account to Oefelein’s Parler tweet. By the end of January, Oefelein had lost her job.
The agency wrote that it was “distressed to discover” that one of its agents “has been using the social media platforms Gab and Parler,” both of which are commonly used by conservatives who are aware of being banned by left-leaning alternatives. “We do not condone this activity, and we apologize to anyone who has been affected or offended by this,” the agency added.
Oefelien wrote on her Twitter page: “Well thanks Twitter and @JDLitAgency. I just got fired because I’m a Christian and a conservative.”