Parler filed an antitrust lawsuit against tech giant Amazon for blocking the conservative-friendly social networking app from its web services.
Both Apple and Amazon suspended the free speech social media site Parler from their services over the weekend.
The suspension came due to claims that Parler was not effectively preventing the spread of posts inciting violence.
The app was a haven for conservatives and Trump-supporters and has been seen by many as a right-wing version of Twitter.
President Trump was said to be moving to Parler after Twitter banned his account, but Amazon removed the website from their servers making that move impossible.
Twitter's stocks took a dive after the move.
Apple claimed the Jan. 6 unrest on Capitol Hill was coordinated by those using Parler as a means of communication, leaving many asking why Apple allows its own devices and services if criminals use them to coordinate illegal activity.
Parler's CEO, John Matze, claimed this was a "coordinated attack" from big tech to hurt President Trump and squash competition.
"Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet," said Matze in a statement. "There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch. We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products. We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies. This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out. #speakfreely"
In another statement the Parler CEO said, "Apple will be banning Parler until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become a surveillance platform by pursuing guilt of those who use Parler before innocence. They claim it is due to violence on the platform."
"The community disagrees as we hit number 1 on their store today. The same day “Hang Mike Pence”, a disgusting violent suggestion, was trending nationally on Twitter. Displaying the horrible double standard Apple and their big tech pack apply to the community. Apple, a software monopoly, provides no alternatives to installing apps on your phone other then their store. We do not own our phones, Apple simply rents them to us. Apple, Google and the rest of the anti-competitive pack of big tech tyrants coordinate their moves and work together to stifle competition in the marketplace. More details about our next plans coming soon as we have many options."
Donald Trump Jr. described the situation as a "purge of conservative ideas and thought leaders."
On Monday, Parler LLC hit back with an 18-page lawsuit in Seattle federal court against Amazon's cloud-computing business.
Parler's suit claims Amazon's decision was a politically motivated scheme to protect Twitter–who is another Amazon client–from market competition and represents a blatant double standard.
Parler hit no. 1 on the Apple App Store before it was banned.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” reads the lawsuit, adding “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
Amazon specified the problem was that Parler had been “unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service.”
Others note that Apple has never applied the same standards to Google, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube who have been the main haven for terrorists of all variety, extremists, dictators, sexual content, high profile people threatening others as well as the president and so much more.
Tucker Carlson blasted Twitter's hypocrisy on Fox News:
Parler alleges Amazon violated antitrust laws and breached its contract by the suspension.
Amazon filed a response on Tuesday citing examples of violent content spread by some of Parler's users.
"This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade," Amazon argued in the court filing, adding "Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove... content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens."
The document referenced 15 specific instances of Parler users advocating violence, citing "more than 100 additional representative pieces."
Parler's domain may have found a new web hosting home in Epik.
Matze spoke out on Crossroads with Joshua Philipp: