Parler Uses 'Independent Technology' to Return Online

Published on 15 Feb 2021

Social Media website Parler, that had gone offline after Amazon Web Services (AWS) stopped providing hosting services to the platform for violating their policies, has come back online. The company say its new platform has been built on “sustainable, independent technology.”

Parler was a popular social media site among conservatives due to is policy of not censoring user content. The site faced severe criticism and backlash as it did not intervene to stop the spread of Q'Anon conspiracy theories, posts that incited violence and content from white supremacists. As a results both Apple and Google remove the site from their app stores and AWS decided to stope hosting the platform. Essentially killing the platform that went offline as a result.

The site has now relaunched and in a statement said that their new platform was built on sustainable, independent technology and had reduced its reliance on big tech. In the same statement the platform also announced that Mark Meckler would act as interim CEO and replace John Matze.

Read about John Matze's firing from the app and other app updates: Latest Mobile App News: Goody Raises USD 4 Million, Parler CEO fired

According to some sources, Parler is using CloudRoute LLC as its new host and has replaced Amazon with open-source software platform Ceph. However, this information has not been confirmed by the platform itself.

User Reaction to Parler's Relaunch

The platform relaunch has not gone smoothly, many users took to Twitter to complain that they were unable to access their accounts. Parler has said that it will bring is current user base online during this week and be ready to take on new users from the week following. Parler has claimed that at one point the platform had over 20 million users. 

Launched in 2018 the platform, Parler positions it self as a 'free-speech driven' platform. It become popular among US conservatives who do not agree with the rules around content sharing that are common amongst most other social platforms. The site was used extensively by those planning the 6th January Capitol riots and received a lot of backlash for not stepping in to censure the hate speech on the site. Parler has maintained that it does not believe in censoring its users and condemned the attack on the US capitol.

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