Parler, the self-proclaimed "free speech" social media platform has courted controversy for months as it exploded in popularity among right-wing users. In the wake of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week, Amazon Web Services abruptly suspended web hosting services to Parler, essentially forcing it offline.
Parler then sued Amazon Web Services, alleging in a complaint filed Monday in Seattle federal court that the termination was "motivated by political animus" and designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market.
An AWS spokesperson told ABC News in a statement that there is "no merit to these claims" and that content that incites violence on Parler violated terms of service.
"AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we …