Parler has dropped its antitrust lawsuit against Amazon, which it filed after AWS took it offline in the wake of the Capitol riots

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Parler has dropped its antitrust lawsuit against its former web host Amazon Web Services (AWS), which in January brought the controversial social-media app offline.

At the time, Amazon said Parler, favored by the far-right, had failed to moderate content that incited violence. Parler disputed the tech giant’s claims, and filed a lawsuit.

On Tuesday, Parler filed a motion in a Washington federal court to dismiss the case, without giving a reason.

Tuesday was Parler’s deadline to file an amended complaint in its case against AWS, after getting a two-week extension from the court, according to The Verge, which first reported on the news.

Parler returned online in mid-February with new web host SkySilk, after reportedly being rejected by at least six other large providers.

In the run up to the January 6 Capitol siege, Parler had become a haven for far-right activity and misinformation because of its lax stance on moderating content. During the riots, users cheered the protestors on, and some called for more violence.

AWS dropped Parler just days after the siege, saying the site refused to remove content that incited violence, and posed “a very real risk to public safety.” Parler was also shunned by other tech giants, including Apple and Google.

On January 11, Parler hit Amazon with an antitrust lawsuit, disputing the tech giant’s claims that it repeatedly warned Parler about violent content.

Since the attacks, numerous Parler users have been charged in connection with the riot, and in some cases the Department of Justice referred to the threats they had made on Parler, according to Carolyn B. Maloney, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. 

The committee has launched an investigation into the site’s connections with the Trump OrganizationRussia, and the Capitol siege.

Parler’s board, headed by conservative megadonor Rebekah Mercer, fired CEO John Matze in January. Matze said his ousting was in response to his push for more strict moderation of extremism and violence on the platform.

Mark Meckler, an attorney, political activist, and founder of the Tea Party Patriots, is interim CEO.

SEE ALSO: Trump wanted to join Parler and call himself ‘Person X’ before it shut down, according to the CEO of the social-media app

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