More than one month after the social media platform Parler was booted by Amazon in a big-tech bid to silence both competition and support for President Donald J. Trump. the platform showed a pulse of life today.
Early Monday morning, on February 15th, Parler came back online. Then went offline. When it was online, accounts were active but all old posts were not moved over, signaling that the platform might start in its new home with a clean slate.
In the time since the service has been down, the company fired CEO John Matze whose wife and family had all been threatened and harassed online. Matze’s wife Alina, a Russian immigrant felt the hateful scorn of the liberal left because of her immigrant roots.
“Over the past few weeks, Parler has been repeatedly mischaracterized and treated unjustly. But the recent personal attacks on our CEO John, his wife Alina, and their family are reprehensible,” the company said. “Alina, whose working-class family lived in the former Soviet Union, came to America to start her own multi-racial, interfaith family with John. To subject them to baseless accusations that their marriage is part of some twisted espionage scheme—all because she is an immigrant—is precisely the sort of “racism, nativism, fear, [and] demonization” President Biden urged us to reject in his inaugural address.”
Now, it’s back, reportedly using a network in Russia.
“Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse,” said Mark Meckler, interim CEO. “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. We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back.”
The Parler app has been removed from both the Google and Apple app stores.
Parler said today, for the first week of operation, only existing users will be able to use the service, adding that new users should be able to start using the platform as early as next week.