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13 Jan, 4 tweets, 2 min read
NEW: Amazon has filed its reply to Parler's lawsuit, listing more than a dozen examples of what it said was violent content on Parler that violated AWS's terms.

Amazon also invokes #Section230, making this a high-profile test of the law Trump despises.…
The examples Amazon cites includes calls for a civil war and the deaths of Democratic lawmakers as well as that of tech CEOs including Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey; members of professional sports leagues; DOT Sec Elaine Chao; and US Capitol Police, among others.
For antitrust nerds, Amazon argues Parler's antitrust allegations don't meet the threshold for a Sherman Act claim, because the complaint doesn't define a relevant market nor how competition was harmed.
Here's the Section 230 argument. Amazon says it is immune from liability because it was engaged in its own platform moderation.

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13 Jan
NEW: YouTube has suspended President Trump’s channel for a week, and potentially longer, after it removed a video that the company says incited violence.
YouTube tells me that Trump’s channel earned a first strike for the video, and under YouTube’s policies, a first strike violation involves a one-week timeout where uploads and streaming are restricted.
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Read 8 tweets
10 Jan
Confirming @BuzzFeedNews' scoop, I've independently obtained a copy of the letter that Amazon sent to Parler announcing plans to boot the company off AWS.
Parler will be deplatformed from AWS at 11:59 pm Pacific time on Sunday for what Amazon told it was repeated examples of violent rhetoric and incitement.

Amazon told Parler that it flagged 98 examples of this type of content and that it will no longer host Parler's website.
Parler’s CEO confirms and says Parler could be off of the internet for up to a week:
Read 4 tweets
10 Jan
Apple has banned Parler from the iOS App Store for hosting "threats of violence and illegal activity.”

Here’s the message Apple sent to Parler explaining the decision, which Apple has provided:
Apple’s statement on the matter:
Here’s the response from Parler’s CEO:
Read 5 tweets
9 Jan
Welp, Twitter's ban evasion policy is about to get tested.
And within seconds, they were gone, already restricted under the terms that Twitter had laid out in its earlier statements.
In his now-unavailable tweets from @POTUS, Trump disclosed negotiations with "various other sites" and a forthcoming announcement, as well as hints of "building out our own platform in the near future."

Seems this could be a part of a potential post-WH Trump media empire.
Read 4 tweets
8 Jan
88 million Twitter followers, gone in an instant. Poof. End of an era.
Twitter said that Trump's final two tweets violated its glorification of violence policy:…
Read 10 tweets
7 Jan
YouTube tells me it is accelerating its enforcement of voter fraud claims, in a move that could lead to a permanent ban of President Trump.
YouTube last month said it would begin removing new videos that make false claims of voter fraud surrounding the 2020 elections, and that it would begin assigning strikes to channels under its three-strike rule after Jan. 20.

Now the platform is moving that up by two weeks.
The company will now be handing out first strikes for those violations immediately, a penalty that involves a one-week restriction on uploading and live-streaming.
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