Parler Social Media Announces Its Return

( Parler, the social media platform that has attracted many conservatives who have been silenced by mainstream Big Tech companies, is back online.

Leaders in the company announced Parler is now back online after it was kicked off of the Apple App Store, Google Play store as well as web servers hosted by Amazon. Following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, many people blamed Parler for allowing people to band together and discuss organizing the attacks.

As of Monday of this week, the site was back up and running, though it isn’t fully functional yet.

After Amazon refused to host the site’s server anymore, Parler was forced to look for a new host. They found one in SkySilk, a company based near Los Angeles. In an interview with NPR, Kevin Matossian, the chief executive of SkySilk, confirmed they would be hosting the Parler site.

In a statement, he said:

“SkySilk is well aware that Parler has received an aggressive response from those who believe their platform has been used as a safe haven for some bad actors. Let me be clear, SkySilk 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.”

Matossian said the company might disagree with some of the content posted on Parlor, but he said they are taking “necessary steps” to sufficiently monitor the platform. The statement continued:

“Once again, this is not a matter of SkySilk endorsing the message, but rather, the right of the messenger to deliver it. SkySilk will support Parler in their efforts to be a nonpartisan Public Square as we are convinced this is the only appropriate course of action.”

SkySilk wouldn’t release any details about the terms of their arrangement, or if there are any conditions that Parler must continually meet to stay hosted on their surveys.

For their part, Parler said they will not deploy a “privacy-preserving process” that will use a combination of human moderators and an algorithm to police any content that incites or threatens violence. According to Parler, the guidelines will be “viewpoint neutral.”

They said they will take action on any attempt to use the social media site to carry out a crime. The site is also setting up an appeals process for people who believe their posts were removed in error.

The company now has a new interim CEO as well — Mark Meckler, who was one of the early people behind the Tea Party movement. He said the platform has been completely rebuilt on independent technology that is “not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”

In a statement, Meckler said:

“When Parlor was taken offline in January by those who desire 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. We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back.”

For now, the 20 million current users of Parler will have full access to the new site in a few days’ time. New users won’t be able to sign up yet, but may be able to do so in about a week.