Social media app Parler is crawling back online on ‘Independent Technology’ | Top news
(Reuters) – Parler, a social media service popular with far-right American users that practically disappeared after the riot in the US Capitol, relaunched Monday and said its new platform was built on “sustainable, independent technology.” .
In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler also said it has named Mark Meckler as its interim CEO, replacing John Matze, who was fired from the board this month.
Parler went dark after being cut off by major service providers who accused the app of failing to monitor violent content related to the January 6 deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Despite the relaunch, the website was still not open for many users and the app was not available for download in Apple’s mobile stores and Alphabet’s own Google, which had previously banned the app.
While several users rivaled Twitter to complain that they couldn’t access the service, a few others said they could access their existing account.
Parler, which claimed it once had over 20 million users, said it would bring its current users back online in the first week and open them to new users the next week.
Founded in 2018, the app has styled itself as a “free speech-driven” space, primarily attracting US conservatives who disagree with the rules governing content on other social media sites.
Last month, Amazon.com suspended Parler from its web hosting service, effectively taking the site offline. Parler said Monday that his new technology had reduced his reliance on “so-called big tech” for his operations.
Parler seems to be using CloudRoute LLC as the new host and replacing Amazon with the open source software platform Ceph, so https://twitter.com/donk_enby/status/1361356546471526404 the anonymous computer programmer “Crash Override” who is using the Twitter handle goes @donk_enby.
The programmer who https://gizmodo.com/every-deleted-parler-post-many-with-users-location-dat-1846032466 became famous for cataloging almost all of the posts from users across Parler since the day of the Capitol Riot He tweeted on Monday that there were still user accounts on the new platform, but that posts, pictures and videos had been deleted.
Parler and CloudRoute did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Parler is led by a seasoned team and is here to stay,” said Meckler, who co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, a group that emerged in 2009 within the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement that helped elect dozen of Republicans.
It is also endorsed by hedge fund investor Robert Mercer, daughter Rebekah Mercer, and conservative commentator Dan Bongino.
(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; editor by Howard Goller)
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