Pulled from web hosting services in January, Parler is a favorite of conservatives who denounce “censorship”.
Parler, the popular social media platform among conservatives, is back online and ready to take on “big tech”, the company announced on Monday.
The platform was unhosted by Amazon in January after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that tried to keep former President Donald Trump in power. Users were seen planning and celebrating the riot on Parler.
Amazon defended the move, citing calls for violence. Apple and Google also removed the app from its app stores.
“Speak, the world’s #1 free speech social media platform with over 20 million users, today announces its official relaunch, based on sustainable, independent technology and not dependent on the so-called “Big Tech” for its operations,” the ad reads. .
“When Speak was taken offline in January by those wishing to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together determined to deliver on our promise to our highly engaged community that we would come back stronger than ever,” said Mark Meckler, interim CEO at Parler, said in the announcement.
Meckler, one of the founders of the Tea Party Patriots movement that tried to push the Republican Party further to the right after former President Barack Obama won in 2008, was named interim CEO for the revival.
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Former CEO John Matze was fired by the company’s board of directors on Jan. 29, according to Fox News.
Existing users will be able to use the site, while those wishing to create a new account will have to wait a week.
Conservative lawmakers used Parler’s platform and Trump’s permanent Twitter ban after the riot as a call to arms against Silicon Valley giants like Twitter and Facebook and their “censorship” of conservative voices.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference in early February “these platforms have evolved from neutral platforms that offer Americans the freedom to talk to enforcers about preferred stories.”
Florida Republicans have announced they will seek to force social media companies to notify users of actions taken against them, opting out of algorithms that choose certain content, and empowering the state attorney general to take action against companies that violate state law.
DeSantis announced that he would support these efforts.
“Under our proposal, if a technology company removes a candidate for elected office in Florida during an election, the company will be subject to a daily fine of $100,000 until the candidate’s access to the platform be reinstated,” DeSantis said.