According to Parler CEO John Matze, the expanding social networking site could return before the end of January, after the site reappeared online after Amazon Web Services (AWS) removed it in a blatant act of censorship against conservative voices.
“I’m sure we’ll be back by the end of the month,” Matze confirmed to Fox News on Sunday night, Jan. 17. In an interview, he was confident that his platform would be back online after his team managed to launch a static website and recover the company’s data over the weekend in a series of developments that Matze described as “positive.”
Given the repeated acts of censorship by Twitter and Facebook on conservative sectors, the Parler platform is increasingly positioned as an alternative that promotes freedom of expression by functioning as a true application of free commentary and not as a news publisher with political trends and preferences.
After President Donald Trump’s accounts were blocked on Big Tech, Parler’s CEO, John Matze continued promoting his platform as a virtual space where freedom of expression reigns, trusting in the logical reasoning of users and promoting free thinking.
This generated thousands and thousands of users abandoning their accounts on Twitter and Facebook to move to Parler. The consequences were not long in coming, and last week Amazon Web Services (AWS) suspended its contract with the company, falsely claiming that the platform was promoting violence in connection with the events on Capitol Hill earlier this month.
Matze, sued AWS for breach of contract and antitrust law, calling the motivations behind Amazon’s decision “political expediency.” At the same time, he requested the reinstatement of his services.
Although Parler is not allowed to operate from its website, since this weekend it could at least place a notice to inform its users about the situation, and according to Matze it could even have a daily update.
Matze wrote in an update on the site that “now seems like the right time to remind you all—both lovers and haters—why we started this platform.”
“We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media,” he remarked in his statement, dated Jan. 16. “Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!”
According to Matze during the interview, he managed to retrieve Parler’s data from Amazon on Friday, Jan. 15, which was a key step in being able to relaunch the platform. “Now we will be able to rebuild Parler,” explained Matze, “It is of utmost importance.”
Parler, which describes itself as a social media website characterized primarily by “freedom of speech,” attracted several Trump supporters and other conservatives, including senators and representatives of the House. Following President Trump’s ban on Twitter, the website became the No. 1 app in several app stores before it was taken down.