Amazon says violent posts forced it to drop Parler from its web hosting service

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Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the audience during a keynote session at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on June 6, 2019.Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty ImagesAmazon defended its decision to drop Parler from its web hosting service in response to a lawsuit filed by the social media app earlier this week.In court filings late Tuesday, Amazon said it flagged dozens of pieces of violent content to the social media app starting in November. The company argued that Parler violated its contract with Amazon's cloud-computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS), when it failed to remove the content and that AWS suspended Parler's account "as a last resort.""This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints," Amazon wrote in its response to Parler. "It is not about conspiracy to restrain trade. Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of AWS content that threatens public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens."Amazon pulled the plug on Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters, last week in more...