Parler — the social media platform that gathered millions of Trump supporters is back online. The popular free speech app was banned from Amazon’s web servers on January 10, following the U.S. Capitol riots. Parler back online can be perceived as a victory for small companies against technology giants.
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) blocked Parler in January; alleging the social network of supporting violence and promoting hate speech. The Nevada-based social network ban generated angry reactions from conservatives who alleged tech giants of censoring them. However, Parler found its way back online on Monday.
For weeks, Amazon insisted on blocking Parler. Nevertheless, the company figured out how to host its website on computer servers, and it is still unclear how the website managed to find a host. Although the web application is connected to the internet again, the application version of the social network is still offline.
Apart from Amazon; Google and Apple also blocked Parler. The two tech giants censored the application on their online stores, Google Play Store and Apple Store in January. It is unclear whether or not Parler can come back as an app.
Parler and Trump against tech giants
Millions of app supporters from right-wingers flooded the app after the U.S. ex-president Donald Trump joined the social platform. Trump was banned first from Twitter on January 8, before Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon web service, Reddit, Twitch, and even Shopify censored him. Hence, the 45th president of the United States shifted to Parler as a solution.
However, tech giants decided to ban Parler — a message to other social platforms to not go against the wave — as some right-wingers described it. Still, the company didn’t settle for the rules imposed by Google, Amazon, or Facebook.
Few days after the U.S. capitol storming, Google, Facebook, and Amazon said that they banned the social network. They argued that the app incited violence and failed to comply with the technology companies’ policy. Companies that banned both Trump and Parler added they would only allow the social network to be back online if they adjust their privacy and safety policy.
Consequently, Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon and accused the e-commerce multi-billion company of breaking its contract and alleging it of anti-trust violations. However, a federal judge said that the contract allowed Amazon of terminating the social network’s service and refused Parler’s request of bringing the hosting back.
Parler had over 15 million users before it went offline. The social platform was one of the few apps in the United States to gather as many users in a very short period of time. And according to the New York Times, the company is financed by Republican Rebekah Mercer. In conclusion, Parler’s co-founder and chief executive John Matze said that he was fired by Ms. Mercer.