Parler Subpoenas Twitter Over its Role in De-platforming

On Wednesday, social media platform Parler subpoenaed Twitter over its alleged role in colluding with Amazon to de-platform the free speech app after many users left Twitter in the wake of the Capitol riot and former President Trump’s ban.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The subpoena, issued by Superior Court for the State of Washington King County in Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon Web Services, requests documents related to Twitter blocking former President Donald Trump from the platform, documents regarding Amazon hosting Parler and Twitter on its cloud services, and how Twitter responded to government subpoenas in 2021 relating to the 2020 election, the Jan. 6 riot, and Parler.

“Parler will continue to fight against Big Tech companies like Amazon Web Services and Twitter that attempt to stifle innovation and free speech through anticompetitive practices,” George Farmer, CEO of Parler, said in a statement. “We will continue to stand against cancel culture and the mob mentality.”

The documents Parler has requested from Twitter are aimed at challenging what Parler calls an ongoing abuse of power and anticompetitive conduct by the Big Tech companies that harms individuals and businesses who don’t conform to their viewpoints.

Parler was founded in 2018 and billed itself as a platform that protects free speech. It has been popular with conservatives and jumped to the most downloaded app on Apple’s app store in November after the presidential election and again in January after the Capitol riot.

Since Trump was banned from Twitter and other major media platforms he has since launched his own app called Truth Social.


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