Parler, the alternative social media platform popular among those who value free speech, is officially back online more than a month after Big Tech companies collaborated to eradicate it from the internet.
As we reported at the time, the Parler website disappeared early in January after Amazon Web Services evicted the site from its servers for not censoring posts that critics claim contributed to the violent riot at the Capitol on January 6.
There are a few changes at Parler, however, the New York Post reports:
The Nevada-based startup said in a press release that it is running on “sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”
The company did not say who replaced Amazon as its web host.
The Twitter-like platform also named conservative activist Mark Meckler as its interim CEO after its board of directors fired co-founder John Matze, who led the company through most of its unplanned pause.
“Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay,” Meckler said in a statement, according to the Post. “We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”
At first, the new site will only be open to previous users but will soon open up for new users, the statement added.
Parler did not say whether it had changed any of its lenient content moderation policies since Amazon cut ties with the platform, the Post added.
Matze has said that he was fired by Parler’s board, led by Republican donor Rebekah Mercer, over internal disagreements regarding how to best moderate content on the platform.
The platform is still searching for a permanent CEO while Meckler, who co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, leads the company in the interim.
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