4 min read.Updated: 24 Jan 2021, 09:14 PM ISTNoah Feldman, Bloomberg
The bottom line: Contract law reflects realities of economic power
A federal district court has refused to order Amazon Web Services (AWS) to restore service to Parler, the right-wing Twitter alternative that the web hosting service took down on 10 January, in the aftermath of the US Capitol’s storming. The decision highlights the very limited legal options available to social media platforms if the major web hosting services refuse to carry them. And it stands as a reminder that the regulation of content on social media is now inevitably a challenge not only for platforms, but for providers of essential services like Amazon and Apple. (Disclosure: I advise Facebook on free expression issues, but have no connection whatever to this case.)
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