Parler’s Back: Here’s What You Should Know Going Forward
Conservatives were shocked to learn that Amazon was shutting down the wildly popular social media app Parler which, much like Twitter, is a microblogging platform. However, unlike Twitter, they donât have a tendency to ban anyone with an opinion that is unlike their own.
According to a new report inÂ The Daily Wire, the rapidly growing social media app is once again online, having found new hosting after about a month offline.
âWe are off of the big tech platform so that we can consider ourselves safe and secure for the future,â Parler CEO Mark Meckler said in an interview with Just The News. The Parler brass went on to say that the platform is planning to use both artificial intelligence as well as âhuman editors to police for illegal speech that violates its service agreement but otherwise is remaining true to its free speech, no censorship roots,â the site said.
Meckler said the platform will employ artificial intelligence and âhuman editors to police for illegal speech that violates its service agreement but otherwise is remaining true to its free speech, no censorship roots,â the CEO said.
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino, who also happens to be a prominent Parler user and shareholder, applauded the move, saying, âCancel culture came for us and hit us with all they had. Yet we couldnât be kept down. Weâre back, and weâre 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.â
The right-leaning social platform went down on Jan. 11 almost three years from its founding in 2018. They were hosted with tech giant Amazon who canceled their hosting, due to what they considered to be hate speech on the part of users.
âAmazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWSâs terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler, seen by Reuters,â the news agencyÂ reported. âAn Amazon spokesperson confirmed the letter was authentic.â
Amazon said Parler presented a âvery real risk to public safety.â
Amazon wasnât the only tech company to come for Parler, however. Google and Apple both suspend their app from their app stores with Google saying that they failed to moderate âegregious contentâ by users.
âWe have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,â Apple said in a statement. Apple previously gave Parler 24 hours to offer a detailed plan to moderate the content.
Then-CEO John Matze tore into Amazon, Google, and Apple, claiming that the Silicon Valley tech tycoons were coordinating an effort to shut down conservative voices, just as Twitter and other social media platforms were in the process of removing Trump from their platforms.
âThis was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplaceâ¦ You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but donât count us out,â Matze said in a post on Parler after big tech pulled the plug. âThere is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on [the] internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch.â
Matze claimed just before the site was taken down those tech companies âall worked together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to, not only our apps, but theyâre also shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the Internet. They made an attempt to not only kill the apps but also destroy the entire company. And itâs not just these three companies, every vendor from text message services, to email providers, to our lawyers, all ditched us, too, on the same day.â