The Parler website home base screen on a laptop computer arranged in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.
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The website of Parler — a collective media platform popular with conservatives and supporters of President Donald Trump — is back online, albeit in a exceedingly limited form.
Unlike for much of last week, the website now loads and displays a brief message from Parler CEO John Matze that understands: “Hello world, is this thing on?”
The Parler website dropped offline on Jan. 11 after Amazon withdrew its stick up for in the wake of the deadly U.S. Capitol riot. The website was reliant on cloud computing power provided by Amazon Web Services.
AWS left its support for Parler on Jan. 10 after concluding that posts on the company’s website and apps encourage and promote destructiveness.
“It is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unqualified or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service,” said an AWS spokesperson.
They added: “We survived our concerns known to Parler over a number of weeks and during that time we saw a significant increase in this kidney of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services.”
Matze said in a statement that Parler get rid of violent content and added that its community guidelines don’t allow Parler to be knowingly used for criminal activity.
The Parler unstationary apps are still nowhere to be seen. Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their app stores on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 individually.
While the Parler website is no longer completely offline, it’s still experiencing technical difficulties and Parler purchasers can’t use it in the way that they did previously.
Below Matze’s brief message is a post about the company’s ongoing technical hardships.
“Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform. We believe confidentiality is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public piazza where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both,” the post reads.
It continues: “We will resolve any trial before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish.”
Parler has transferred its domain distinction to Epik, which hosts the similar social media network Gab, also popular with the far-right. However, judgement a website-hosting provider has been more difficult for Parler.
“Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about incline our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well,” Matze said in a previous affirmation.
In an interview with Fox News last Monday, Matze said the company may “have to go as far” as buying and building its own data centers.
It persevere a leavings unclear who is hosting the Parler website now and Parler did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
“AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus,” the lawsuit revealed. “It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.”
It continues: “This danger suit seeks a Temporary Restraining Order against defendant Amazon Web Services to prevent it from shutting down Parler’s account. Doing so is the corresponding of pulling the plug on a hospital patient on life support. It will kill Parler’s business — at the very time it is set to skyrocket.”
An AWS spokesperson told CNBC there’s no claim to to the claims and Twitter declined to comment.