After almost two months of shutdown by the Big Tech conglomerate, alternative social media platform Parler has made its return to the internet.
“We are off of the big tech platform, so that we can consider ourselves safe and secure for the future,” Parler CEO Mark Meckler said in an interview with Just The News.
Headlining Parler member and shareholder Dan Bongino celebrated the platform’s return, saying “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.”
Founded in 2018, the platform came under serious fire following the storming of the Capitol building on January 6th, as Big Tech blamed the app for playing a role in coordinating the riots and accused the platform of failing to monitor violent speech and threats.
On January 11th, Amazon banned the site from its cloud hosting service, while Google and Apple pulled the platform off of their app stores. Google scolded the platform for not moderating “egregious content” on their site and Apple gave Parler 24 hours to provide a comprehensive plan of how the platform intended to supervise its user’s content, obviously attempting to defeat the very purpose of Parler.
“Amazon suspended Parler from its Amazon Web Services (AWS) unit, for violating AWS’s terms of services by failing to effectively deal with a steady increase in violent content, according to an email by an AWS Trust and Safety team to Parler,” Reuters reported.
“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place… You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out,” then-CEO John Matze said in a post on Parler after Big Tech shut the app down.
Matze revealed that tech companies “all worked together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to, not only our apps, but they’re also shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the Internet. They made an attempt to not only kill the apps, but also destroy the entire company. And it’s not just these three companies, every vendor from text message services, to email providers, to our lawyers, all ditched us, too, on the same day.”
However, the platform will begin to utilize artificial intelligence and “human editors to police for illegal speech that violates its service agreement but otherwise is remaining true to its free speech, no censorship roots.”
Championing free speech, Parler was designed to combat social media giants like Twitter and Facebook, who routinely censor and block out conservative voices on their platforms. Parler offers an open community where the free exchange of ideas can happen without faceless fact-checkers and unelected beauracrats regulate what can and can’t be said.
Home to over 20 million users, including dozens of Republican lawmakers and heavyweights of the conservatism movement, Parler is a force on the internet and its triumphant return ensures conservatives have a home on the internet, free of interlocking Big Tech censorship.