Parler Expects to Return By January’s End

Parler Expects to Return By January’s End

By Yehudit Garmaise

 After Amazon Web Services kicked Parler off its server, Parler CEO John Matze has filed a lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of both breach of contract and violating antitrust law.

     Amazon, however, has responded by saying that it had repeatedly warned Parler about its users’ violent posts and that the company failed to promptly remove them.

     A week ago, Amazon cut off Parler’s server access after the social media site failed to disallow graphic threats of violence that its users posted before and after the Jan. 6 riots that involved supporters of President Donald Trump violently infiltrating the U.S. Capitol.

     Since Matze launched Parler in 2018, the site has been proffered as an alternative to mainstream social networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, which have often been criticized for their liberal biases. 

   “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media,” Matze wrote on Parler’s website. “Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both.”

     Last night on Fox, Matze said that he expects to get his controversial social network to get back online by the end of the month, although just last week, Matze said in a federal court filing that his company faced the “prospect of permanent destruction.”

    “Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now,” Matze said. “We’re making significant progress.”

    Amazon’s move, which Matze has said is motivated by political hostility, came after both Apple and Google disallowed downloads of Parler’s mobile app and has led other tech giants, such as Slack and Stripe to drop Parler as well. 

    Not to be deterred, Parler got its website back online last night after appearing to move its domain name to Epik, a web company that has generated controversy for hosting extremist content.

   Another key step toward rebuilding the site, Matze told Fox, was that Parler was able to recover its data from Amazon on Friday.

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