Right-wing app Parler booted off internet over ties to siege

The logo of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin, Jan. 10, 2021. In the background on a screen is the platform's website. The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday, Jan. 11, over ties to last week's siege on the U.S. Capitol. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

LAS VEGAS —  As President Donald Trump and conservatives look for new social media homes, upstart platform Parler is suing Amazon Web Services after it took down the conservative-friendly network.

The web hosting arm of the Amazon empire took down Parler’s social media site. The move followed Apple and Google kicking Parler off of their app stores.

Trump supporters and conservatives were flocking to Parler after Twitter and Facebook banned Trump after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Amazon, Apple and Google do not like Parler’s promise to not censor or restrict social media posts citing concerns about extremist views as well as the Jan. 6 uprising in D.C..

Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon Web Services alleges breach of contract and antitrust violations. Critics also say the big technology companies are squelching free speech. 

YouTube rival Rumble.com is also suing Google (which owns YouTube) for alleged antitrust violations over its search engine rankings.

Some conservatives are also headed to Gab.com as they and Trump look for alternatives to Facebook to Twitter.

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