Controversial social network Parler is back online

Apple, Google and Amazon had decided to no longer host this platform where rioters from the capture of the Capitol were allegedly organized.

The conservative social network “SpeakPopular with supporters of former US President Donald Trump, announced Monday that it was partially operational again, more than a month after it was decommissioned by the tech giants.

The Parler network, which claims to be dedicated to freedom of expression but has been accused of conveying incitement to violence from part of the American extreme right, had to cease after the violence on the Capitol on January 6 . Apple and Google had removed it from their download platforms and Amazon Web Services (AWS) had decided to no longer host it on its servers.

«Parler was created to provide a social network that protects freedom of expression while promoting privacy and the exchange of ideas.”, Said in a statement Mark Meckler, Interim Managing Director of Parler. Parler’s new executive added that he refused that “tens of millions of Americans are silenced».

Parler, which claims 20 million members, said it was back online for users who already have its app. New members will only be able to join the network next week.

An unknown host

The leaders of Parler did not specify which host had agreed to sell them its services and replace Amazon to restart the social network. They only indicated that he now relied on “a robust, viable and independent technology».

This new host is actually the American company SkySilk Cloud, which confirmed the news a few hours later. She says she is acting in the name of freedom of expression. “We refuse to be at the same time judge, jurors and executioner, a position which is unfortunately not shared by many of our competitors.», Wrote in a press release its leader Kevin Matossian.

«Parler is managed by an experienced team and is here to stay“, Said Mark Meckler, who temporarily took over from John Matze, dismissed from his post at the beginning of February. John Matze was behind the launch of the social network in 2018, along with Rebekah Mercer, a major donor to the Republican Party who still controls its Board of Directors. Talking works like Twitter, with profiles members can follow. Much like tweets, users post “parleys».

The platform attracted especially in its early days ultra-conservative, even far-right fringes. But before her interruption, she also welcomed more traditional Republican voices such as Fox News presenters, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson or Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem. They are all very close to Donald Trump.

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