Parler is back online
After several weeks of a coordinated attack by Big Tech to kill competition and silence the free speech social app Parler, its website is now back online.
Parler came back to life at noon Eastern Time after a series of setbacks. Last week, Parler CEO John Matze was fired by Parler’s board of directors. Matze went online to says that he’s been terminated by the board but “did not participate in this decision.”
A month before that, Amazon de-platformed the “free speech” social app Parler over accusations the platform helped incite U.S. Capitol attacks. The de-platforming of Parler shows the exceptional power of Big Tech companies and cloud providers like Amazon.
Amazon’s decision to shut down all Parler servers came a few days after Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores. In a coordinated effort to kill the competition and silence free speech, the two Big Tech giants removed Parler limiting its reach just as many conservatives are seeking alternatives to Big Tech. Parler is an alternative social media app to Twitter.
According to Just The News, citing interim CEO Mark Meckler, “Parler moved to a new computer server farm, and the 20 million users on the platform when Amazon Web Services shut off the social media platform on Jan. 11 can begin using their old app and logins Monday.”
Meckler added that some existing users were already live on Monday morning and the rest should have access by midday after the new servers propagated across the internet. New users should be able to sign up for the service within a week or so, Meckler said.
“We are off of the big tech platform so that we can consider ourselves safe and secure for the future,” Meckler said in an interview. Meckler said the platform is using artificial intelligence and human editors to police for illegal speech that violates its service agreement but otherwise is remaining true to its free speech, no censorship roots.
“Cancel culture came for us, and hit us with all they had. Yet we couldn’t be kept down. We’re back, and we’re ready to resume the struggle for freedom of expression, data sovereignty, and civil discourse. We thank our users for their loyalty during this incredibly challenging time,” said Dan Bongino, a prominent Parler user and shareholder.
As millions of users seeking free speech apps abandoned Twitter, Parler became one of the most downloaded apps in AppStore and Google, surpassing Twitter and Tik-Tok.
Based in Henderson, Nevada, Parler claimed to be the solution to problems that have surfaced in recent years due to changes in Big Tech policy influenced by various special-interest groups. Parler is built upon a foundation of respect for privacy and personal data, free speech, free markets, and ethical, transparent corporate policy.
Unlike Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms owned by the Big Tech, Parler describes its platform as an unbiased, free-speech social media platform focused on protecting users’ rights. In accordance with its free speech policy, Parler adopts a laissez-faire approach to offensive speech, citing the FCC’s definition of obscenity to define the threshold for acceptable conduct.