Parler announces re-launch, new CEO


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  10 months ago  •  14 comments

By:   The Associated Press

Parler announces re-launch, new CEO
The social network Parler, which was forced offline following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, says it is re-launching.

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The Twitter alternative has been struggling to return online since Amazon stripped it of web-hosting service on Jan. 11 over its unwillingness to remove posts inciting violence. Google and Apple removed Parler's app from their online stores for the same reason.

Parler said in an emailed statement Monday that it would be led by an interim CEO, Mark Meckler of the Tea Party Patriots movement. It said the service would be brought back online for current users this week with new users being able to sign up next week — and would not be reliant on "Big Tech."

The site's homepage, however, was a single, static page whose lead post reminded viewers of "technical difficulties." While it was possible to log in via a different variation of that URL, Parler's iPhone app did not work, yielding a "networking error" when an Associated Press reporter tried it. Among new posters was Fox News personality Sean Hannity.


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Guidelines accessible on the site, dated Feb. 14, said Parler would use technology and human review to remove "threatening or inciting content." They said a "community jury" headed by a Parler employee would hear appeals.

Parler was being hosted by a Los Angeles cloud services company, SkySilk. Ron Guilmette, a California-based internet researcher and activist, said SkySilk appeared to be a small outfit and that it was not clear to him whether it could provide adequate security for the site. In particular, Guilmette cited the need for robust defense against denial-of-service attacks, which flood a site with data traffic to make it inaccessible. Such attacks are a threat to any major internet site — especially if their content is at all controversial.

SkySilk did not respond to questions about the level of support the company is providing.

Its CEO, Kevin Matossian, said in a statement that the company "does not advocate nor condone hate, rather it advocates the right to private judgment and rejects the role of being the judge, jury and executioner. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow technology providers seem to differ in their position on this subject."

Mattossian added that his company applauded Parler's new community guidelines.

For a time after Amazon dropped it, Parler received denial-of-service protection from a Russian-based outfit called DDoS-Guard. That ended following revelations that DDoS-Guard had provided services to shady operations, including online forums popular with credit card thieves.

In a lawsuit seeking to force Amazon to restore its service, Parler's management claimed that Amazon aimed to deny Trump "a platform on any large social-media service." That followed Twitter's decision to permanently ban the former president from its service and similar indefinite bans by Facebook and Instagram.

Parler's previous CEO, John Matze, says he was fired on Jan. 29 by the Parler board, which is controlled by conservative donor Rebekah Mercer. At the time, Matze told The New York Times that he'd told Mercer that Parler needed to consider preventing domestic terrorists, white supremacists and followers of QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory, from posting on the platform.

The 2 1/2-year-old social media site claims 20 million users. Trump never established an account there, although Buzzfeed reported that he considered buying a stake in Parler while he was president.


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Senior Guide
1  XXJefferson51    10 months ago
Conservative Social Media site Parler is back online – after being forced off by Big Tech Giants in January. Is this a welcomed sign of better things to come in our ‘woke’ age of Leftist intolerance for any alternative viewpoints?

by Gary Bauer   

Parler, the conservative social media alternative to Facebook and Twitter, is back online.  As you may recall, Parler was silenced after Amazon shut off its servers last month.

Parler’s interim CEO, Mark Meckler, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back.  Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”

You can  follow me on Parler .

All conservatives, Christians – and, bottom line, lovers of Free Speech in general – are encouraged to support options to the oppressive bullies of the “Big Tech” industry. Services like Parler need to be buoyed by those who object to being told by these arrogant communication watchdogs what opinions they are and are not allowed to express. Check out Parler and other like-minded social network choices – let the progressive intimidators at Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, et al know their stifling tactics are NOT okay with you.

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Gary Bauer is right.  It’s great that this Twitter competition is back.  I hope that they sue Facebook for all they’re worth now that we know more planning of 1-6-21 happened there than everyone else combined.  

Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1    10 months ago
Parler received denial-of-service protection from a Russian-based outfit called DDoS-Guard. That ended following revelations that DDoS-Guard had provided services to shady operations, including online forums popular with credit card thieves.

I hope every trump insurrectionist on parler gets hacked and exploited by their russian comrades.

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1.1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  devangelical @1.1    10 months ago

Well the left always said, build or create your own alternative when ever Christians and conservatives complained about our treatment on Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter.  Now leaders of our beliefs have done so and the left is even more unhappy.  Good!

Professor Principal
1.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.1.1    10 months ago

We're not unhappy.  Why aren't you on Parler?  Why are you here where you are so discriminated against?

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1.1.3  XXJefferson51  replied to  Tessylo @1.1.2    10 months ago

I am.  It’s like Twitter not like here.  Would you suggest that anyone using Twitter not also be here and just use that instead? 

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2  XXJefferson51    10 months ago

Parler CEO Keeping All Legal Options Open Against Facebook Director: 'She Knew D*** Well What Was Going On'

In the wake of the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol building, Big Tech decided to use the event as an excuse to silence conservative voices.

This eventually led to the smaller social media app Parler being effectively shut down by companies like Apple, Google and Amazon.

Now, Parler is back, and executives at the company are returning with a vengeance.

According to the Daily Caller , Amazon Web Services stopped powering Parler on Jan. 10 in response to the Capitol incursion. However, on Monday Parler announced its return with a new provider “built on sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had previously blamed Parler for playing a role in the incursion, according to a separate Daily Caller article. However, newly surfaced evidence indicates that most of the planning for the event happened on Facebook.

Mark Meckler, the interim CEO for Parler, said he is not ruling out legal action against those at Facebook for their hypocrisy.

“Well certainly Sheryl Sandberg ought to check her own house before she points her fingers elsewhere, and frankly I think she knew d*** well what was going on,” he said.

“I think she ought to look at her own house, and yeah we are keeping all of our legal options open.”.....

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2.1  Gsquared  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2    10 months ago
legal action... for... hypocrisy

That's a new one.  You have to laugh at his abject stupidity.

The neo-Nazis must be very happy that their favorite social media website is back.

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2.1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Gsquared @2.1    10 months ago

No nazis there.  Just conservatives who were forced off of Facebook or Twitter or left them voluntarily.  I use MeWe for social stuff instead of Facebook whenever I can.  We now have a basic social media alternative for all the big Silicon Valley ones and are now building our own e mail and on line financial services so we can’t be cancelled or censored  that way either.

Professor Principal
2.1.2  devangelical  replied to  XXJefferson51 @2.1.1    10 months ago

nazis, conservatives, white supremacists... tomato, tomatoe...

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3  Thomas    10 months ago

So glad that the "how low can you go" competition is back on. This had aught to provide the lawyers with quite a bit to do.

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3.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  Thomas @3    10 months ago

I’m just glad to have my Twitter alternative back.  Liberals mocking it will only further its spectacular growth.  

Buzz of the Orient
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3.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  XXJefferson51 @3.1    10 months ago

Were you banned from twitter?

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3.1.2  XXJefferson51  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.1.1    10 months ago

I have no idea.  I haven’t tried to use it in a long time.  The 140 character limit ever appealed to me.  Parler allows 1000 character limits on each post.  I’m really happy with what Australia and Poland are doing to big tech social media...

Dismayed Patriot
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4  Dismayed Patriot    10 months ago

Parler, the echo chamber conservatives frequent so they can feel like someone is out there listening to them only to find out they're just listening to their own whiny cries echoed back to themselves.

Just because no one wants to hear what you have to say anymore doesn't mean your freedom of speech is being infringed. There are plenty of platforms conservatives can still shout their bigoted hate speech, they're really just angry that no one takes them seriously and considers their opinions about as valuable as a truckload of used toilet paper.


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