Parler CEO Says Social Media App Is Back Online, Gets New Computer Servers
An executive with Parler, a social media platform favored by conservatives, said Monday that it will resume service with new management—coming about a month after Amazon Web Services removed its service from its servers.
Interim CEO Mark Meckler told Just The News that the company moved to a new server farm, saying that users should expect to be able to use the website on Monday.
As of 10 a.m ET on Monday, the Parler website was accessible via desktop. Users reported being able to use the Parler app, which was removed by Google Play and Apple’s iPhone App Store.
Meckler said that new users should be able to sign up for the service within a week or so.
“We are off of the big tech platform, so that we can consider ourselves safe and secure for the future,” Meckler said in an interview. He did not disclose what company is hosting Parler.
Elaborating, Meckler said that the firm is using artificial intelligence programs and human editors to investigate speech that violates its terms of service agreement.
“Cancel culture came for us, and hit us with all they had. Yet we couldn’t be kept down. We’re back, and we’re ready to resume the struggle for freedom of expression, data sovereignty, and civil discourse. We thank our users for their loyalty during this incredibly challenging time,” said Dan Bongino, according to Just The News.
Meckler was tapped as the company’s CEO after the former executive, John Matze, was let go by the company several weeks ago.
Matze had announced: “On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision,” Fox News reported. “I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.”
Following the Nov. 3 election, Parler saw a significant spike in users as many moved from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms due to fears of censorship. In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s Twitter suspension, Google and Apple took action against Parler, and days later, Amazon terminated its hosting service agreement with the company.
Parler, in response, filed a lawsuit last month against Amazon, arguing that the company violated antitrust laws and colluded with other Big Tech firms to deplatform the website. The company alleged in a court filing that Amazon was primarily concerned with whether Trump would have moved to Parler, rather than alleged violations.