Parler has pledged to return its largely unmoderated social-media platform to service soon, but it won’t happen by judicial order. In its suit against former host Amazon Web Services, Parler had requested an order from the court to force Amazon to restore its services. In a ruling that bodes ill for Parler’s prospects, Judge Barbara Rothstein refused, concluding that restoring Parler’s content didn’t fall within her view of “public interest”:
Amazon won’t be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she wasn’t dismissing Parler’s “substantive underlying claims” against Amazon, but said it had fallen short in demonstrating the need for an injunction forcing it back online.