- Parler CEO John Matze said the app could never be returned online, Reuters reported.
- The social media site went offline after Amazon launched Parler from its web hosting service.
- “It can never be,” Matze told Reuters when asked when the app would return. “We don’t know yet.”
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Parler’s chief executive said the social media app may never return online.
“It can never be,” Matze told Reuters when asked when the app would return. “We don’t know yet.”
Conservatives called on their followers to join Parler after Twitter finally suspended President Donald Trump’s account for violating his civil integrity policy after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol building. Parler jumped to No. 1 in the App Store before Apple and Google removed the app from their stores.
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Parler is suing Amazon for removing the service, arguing that the decision is politically motivated and anti-competitive because Twitter remains on AWS. Amazon was quick to respond to the lawsuit, citing more than 100 examples of violent content that violated the company’s terms of service.
The social media company registered its domain name with Epik, a company known for hosting other social networks used by far-right extremists, days after it was launched by Amazon. Epik said in a statement on January 11 that it had no contact or discussion with Parler about using the service.
Matze told Reuters he had spoken to more than one cloud computing service to discuss hosting Parler. He told The Blaze, a right-wing store founded by Glenn Beck, that several vendors had given up hosting the app “at the last second” and sailed into the Parler’s “own infrastructure” building to get it back online.
Matze did not specify specific services that reject Parler’s hosting.
“It’s hard to keep track of how many people tell us we can’t do business with them anymore,” Matze told Reuters.