Parler is Back Online
“When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desired to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever,” Meckler said in a statement.
Meckler announced that during the first week of operation, only pre-shutdown subscribers will have access to Parler. These users will also find a site wiped clean of old posts, likely due to a hurried exit without a backup of the original site.
Beginning Feb. 22, new users will be welcome to join Parler.
“We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back,” Meckler said.
The new and improved Parler site is described in a statement as using “sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”
The site will reportedly use AI and human moderators to monitor the site for any content that would raise a red flag.
Their technology will not be reliant on Big Tech services for survival, and Meckler says for this reason Parler is “here to stay.”
Even with the changes to the site, neither Apple nor Google have allowed the company’s app back on their respective app stores.
The upgrades to the site aren’t the only changes that Parler is seeing. The interim CEO Mark Meckler took over after former CEO John Matze was terminated by the board. The board made the decision after Amazon took Parler offline at the beginning of January.
Meckler is the founder of the Tea Party Patriots. This group was allegedly the organizers of the March to Save America, the same day hundreds of protesters broke off from the rally and rioted on the Capitol.
Following the Jan. 6 riots, Amazon suspended Parler’s AWS access Jan. 10 for violating its terms of service. Amazon claimed Parler overlooked posts on the platform about users organizing the attack.
In an attempt to reboot the platform, Parler sued Amazon on antitrust grounds and asked a federal court to force Amazon to restore its service while the case was in court. A federal judge denied the suit, saying there wasn’t enough evidence of an antitrust claim.