During a Thursday hearing, David Groesbeck, an attorney for currently offline social media site Parler, argued that Amazon booted the site from their web hosting services in an effort to block Trump from joining.
John Matze, Parler’s CEO said in a court filing “I believe AWS’s decision to terminate service to Parler was based, not on expressed concerns about Parler’s compliance with the AWS Agreement, but in part on a desire to deny President Trump a platform on any large social-media service.”
Groesbeck pushed back on the argument that Parler was used to incite violence.
“AWS is alleging without evidence that Parler was used to incite the riots,” Groesbeck said. “There is no evidence other than some anecdotal press references that Parler was involved in the riots of Jan. 6.”
He added “Millions of Americans have had their voices silenced by AWS.”
However, Amazon has pushed back on the notion that their move to boot Parler had to do with blocking Trump.
“Suspending Parler had nothing to do with politics,” a spokesperson for Amazon said.