The website of controversial social media platform Parler was back online Sunday, following a nearly week-long outage after it was booted from Amazon Web Services and kicked off Apple and Google’s app stores.
CEO John Matze has since said he’s “confident” Parler will be fully operational by the end of January.
Amazon, Google and Apple cut ties with Parler for what they said was a failure to moderate content and threats of violence by some of its right-wing user base. Some of the Pro-Trump rioters who descended on the US Capitol on January 6, fueled by baseless allegations of voter fraud, had been planning the event and spreading misinformation about the presidential election on Parler.
The website popped back up on Sunday with a message from Matze, asking “Hello, world. Is this thing on?”
A statement on the site indicated it intends to be back soon.
“Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform. We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media,” it said “We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!”
A WHOIS search indicates that Parler is now hosted by Epik. Parler last week registered its domain with the Washington-based hosting provider known for hosting far-right extremist content, though Epik denied in a statement that the two companies had been in touch.
Parler has faced massive fallout in the days following the siege on the US Capitol, with various business partners cutting ties.
Apple and Google were first to remove Parler’s app from their stores, also citing its alleged refusal to take down violent content. Not long afterward, many of Parler’s service providers, including Twilio, Okta, and Zendesk, removed Parler from their platforms as well.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview on Fox News Sunday that Parler had been suspended and could be back in the App Store if they “get their moderation together.”
Parler rose to notoriety in recent months as mainstream social media sites have faced increasing pressure to crack down on hate speech, misinformation, and calls for violence. Both Twitter and Facebook have banned President Donald Trump after the deadly Capitol riot, citing the risk of further violence.
Parler, which has maintained that its deplatforming was intended to stamp out competition, filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Amazon last week, seeking to get its website restored.
In a court filing, Parler disputed claims made by Amazon that it had repeatedly warned Parler that violent content on its site — and the company’s lax approach to removing it — were grounds for Amazon to suspend Parler’s AWS contract.
Parler claimed that Amazon, in effect, terminated its contract completely, rather than simply suspending it, and did not warn the social-media company about potential contract breaches until after the Capitol riots — and continuing to try to sell it additional services as late as December.
11 thoughts on “Parler is Back – Promises to ‘Resolve Any Challenge Before Us’”
Waiting for the remake,I’ll be there with Parler
You should be shut down and episode should beware of their involvement with you. I’ll stick with legitimate sites.
Please describe legitimate sites.
Do you mean fakebook, twatter, instagr”’?
What a troll.
I, being a disbelieving person, until I see the proof want to know what was the content. I also want Facebook and Twitter to remove the left leaning hate that they endorse and do nothing about. Censorship for one must require censorship for all.
Parler is not back. I attempted to log in and the 404 page not found was returned
Baseless allegations of voter fraud! Are shittin me !!!!
I hope PARLER sues Big Tech into POVERTY shutting it DOWN, and Big Tech is CONVICTED under the RICO statutes. The Includes the CEOs . . . ALL of THEM. One Enlightened And HOPEFUL Patriot. team Trump and His Allies 2020.
I quit watching all Fake news stations, including Fox. And I’m afraid to post my true feelings.
I fear we are losing America & all our freedom’s. Looking for some like minded friends.
Thank God you will be up and fully running soon. I can’t wait to put my comments on here against the other big tech idiots who continue to kick people off their sites. I hope they go bankrupt. Keep up the good work and put these s.o.b.’s in place.
What is all this BS about Parler being extremist?
As if what is frequently posted on fakebook, twaddle, etc. is not.
If you are going to reprint another sites report you should remark on the biased data like “fueled by baseless allegations of voter fraud”. The allegations are clearly not baseless, just covered up by MSM.