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Speak, the app of choice for Trump supporters, will likely stay offline after a judge said she was more inclined to take a measured approach when considering forcing Amazon.com to restore web hosting services .

Talking is likely to stay offline, at least in the short term, after a judge said she was likely going to take a slower, thoughtful approach to forcing Amazon.com Inc. to restore its web hosting service for the conservative social media platform.

Amazon Web Services shut down Speak on Sunday night, claiming that violent messages related to the Jan.6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol violated the companies’ agreement. Parler argues that the decision was politically motivated and threatens its immediate extinction.

U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein in Seattle said in a hearing Thursday that she was not inclined to order Amazon to put Talking back online immediately. Instead, she expressed interest in taking a more measured approach to deciding whether she should order a permanent injunction to restore Web services to Parler.

While AWS argues that Talking has only himself to blame for being taken offline, Parler argued that he was blinded by the suspension and that AWS did not show beyond speculation that the platform was used to incite the riot last week.

“The site is supported by advertising, they have no income,” David J. Groesbeck told the judge. “AWS has shown no good faith efforts to get the site up and running and, number two, to help Parler get out. All of these actions indicate irreparable harm and injury. “

AWS is by far the largest cloud computing provider, and its on-demand software services are the backbone of many of the most popular Internet services. Talking has “no other options” for being on the web, he said in the lawsuit.

The case is Parler LLC v Amazon Web Services Inc., 21-cv-00031, US District Court, Western District of Washington.

(Updates with Parler’s lawyer argument)



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