A judge shot down Parler's attempt to get a preliminary injunction to force Amazon Web Services to re-host the social media website.
AWS kicked Parler off of its platform following multiple terms of service breaches and the violent assault on the US Capitol that left five dead, which was partially planned on Parler. The site has struggled to find a host since, taking Amazon to court in an effort to get back on the cloud service.
Parler faces a cloudy future
Parler lost access to AWS on 10 January, bringing its growing website completely offline. "It’s clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service," AWS said at the time in a message to Parler that it also sent to reporters. "Given the unfortunate events that transpired this past week in Washington, D.C., there is [a] serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence."
Two days later, Parler sued, claiming that it was not given sufficient warning and that the deplatforming was politically motivated. The company also claimed that Amazon had made the move to benefit rival customer Twitter.
"The evidence it has submitted in support of the claim is both dwindlingly slight, and disputed by AWS," US District Judge Barbara Rothstein said.
"Importantly, Parler has submitted no evidence that AWS and Twitter acted together intentionally - or even at all - in restraint of trade."
Rothstein ruled against forcing AWS to host Parler, saying that it was not in the public interest for AWS to “host the kind of abusive, violent content at issue in this case, particularly in light of the recent riots at the US Capitol.” She also noted that AWS's contract allowed for immediate termination of business with Parler.
“We welcome the court’s careful ruling,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “This was not a case about free speech. It was about a customer that consistently violated our terms of service.”