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Amazon releases violent posts shared on Parler in response to social network's lawsuit over suspension

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 14/01/2021 20:49:02 Peter Sblendorio, Stephen Rex Brown

Amazon sought to justify its shutdown of Parler on Thursday by sharing with a federal judge several deranged posts from the anti-social network.

Amazon attorney Ambika Doran said during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Seattle that the tech giant had no choice but to stop hosting Parler on company servers after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The deadly attack was planned and discussed in real-time on the right-wing social network, court papers and news reports show.

"The content at issue ... encourages rape, murder and torture," Doran said. The lawyer filed examples of inflammatory, disturbing Parler posts in court, which she called "the tip of the iceberg."

The posts showed Parler users discussing mass murder of liberals, extreme homophobia and transphobia, racism, and attacks on Amazon itself.

a close up of a screen of a cell phone: Parler © Hollie AdamsParler

Parler (Hollie Adams/)

"On January 20 we need to start systematically assassinating #liberal leaders, liberal activists, #blm leaders and supporters, members of the #nba #nfl #mlb #nhl #mainstreammedia anchors and correspondents and #antifa. I already have news worthy events planned," read one bloodthirsty post.

"I really don't look forward to having to kill someone, but it is necessary for the future of our people," read another in response to a discussion about the start of a civil war.

Another user posted, "The only good democrat is a dead one."

The online invective was eerily reminiscent of the assaults on Capitol police officers by pro-Trump supporters during last week's siege.

"Cops are modern day redcoats. These 'officers' will strip you of your rights so be prepared to fight if necessary," a post read.

Amazon pulled the plug on Parler four days after the riot, saying the company was unable to moderate its inflammatory content.

"The events of January 6 changed the way we think about the world," Doran said.

Parler says Amazon's move has destroyed its business and is politically motivated. At the time of the suspension, the network had 15 million users and was adding 1 million new users a day. Trump himself was reportedly considering opening an account.

"The site is supported by advertisers. They're gone. They have no revenue coming in," Parler attorney David Groesbeck said, adding Amazon shouldn't be allowed to "take 15 million voices and turn them off."

Judge Barbara Rothstein will rule on Parler's demand Amazon restore services.

14. tammikuuta 2021 22:49:02 Categories: New York Daily News

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