Amazon Claims Right-Wing Social Platform Parler Is Concealing Owners In Legal Dispute
Amazon has accused Parler, the right-wing social media platform formerly hosted on Amazon’s servers, of attempting to conceal the company’s ownership amid continued legal battles between the two companies.
“This is a ginned-up effort to try to throw mud at Parler, when Parler has been completely clear about its ownership,” said Angleo Calfo, an attorney representing the platform. Parler asked a Seattle judge to force Amazon to reinstate the website in February, but the judge denied Parler’s request. Parler then issued a new complaint in King County Superior Court, which Amazon then asked to be taken up in federal court.
Parler objected to the move to federal court. The company’s lawyers say that since both Amazon and Parler and incorporated in Delaware, the case should be settled in that state. Amazon, however, disputes whether or not Parler is actually a Delaware-based company since they have not disclosed their owners.
Calfo says that Parler has not disclosed their company’s information in order to protect the identity of involved parties. Republican donor Rebekah Mercer is one of the few known executives of Parler after the company ousted John Matze as CEO in February, but she is not expected to be listed as one of the owners.
Parler is currently running in a reduced state compared to before Amazon cut ties. The the social media platform is now hosted by SkySilk in California.