According to a press release from Parler, the popular social network among conservatives, on Feb. 15 it resumed its services on a new host, after being censored by Amazon Web Services in January, preventing tens of thousands of users from accessing their accounts or visiting those of others.
The social network Parler has reopened after a month offline due to Big Tech’s censorship in its crusade against conservative voices. The company announced in a press release that the site is now accessible to users with pre-existing accounts and will accept new registrations starting next week, Fox News reported.
It also announced a new interim CEO: Mark Meckler, is replacing John Matze, co-founder and former CEO of Parler. The relaunch comes after Apple, Google, and Amazon suspended the service using the January attack on the U.S. Capitol as a reason, citing violent threats on the platform.
Old Parler user accounts have already been restored, but old “parleys” (the site’s term for posts) do not appear to have been published, at least so far.
Some high-profile users, such as Fox News host Sean Hannity, have already begun posting on the new site. Other high-profile accounts, such as host Tucker Carlson or Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, remain empty.
Parler’s interim CEO Mark Meckler issued a statement following Monday’s development saying, “Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse.”
“When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever,” Meckler continued.
Parler became popular with conservative users who were banned from larger sites or disagreed with the moderation and fact-checking policies of platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
The site went offline on Jan. 10, when its former host Amazon Web Services suddenly suspended its account, disabling access.
In late January, Parler transferred its domain registration to Epik, a registrar known for providing a haven for conservative sites “displaced” from the traditional system.
However, Parler remains in an uncertain position. Apple and Google have not restored its app to their stores, and Parler is still fighting an ongoing lawsuit against Amazon, in which a judge refused to reinstate Parler’s Amazon account.
Parler, was expected to relaunch before the beginning of February, but things were delayed. A Parler insider told Fox News that the delay was caused by rebranding and changes within the company for the sake of stability.