SAN FRANCISCO – Parler, the social network that drew millions of Trump supporters before disappearing from the Internet, got back into action a month after Amazon and other tech giants cut off the company that hosted the campaigns. call violence around the Capitol riots.
Removed by the tech giants has made Parler a celebrity for conservatives complaining that they are being censored, as well as a test case for the openness of the Internet. It’s not clear whether the social network, which is positioned as a free-of-speech and lightly censored website, could survive being blacklisted by the biggest tech companies.
For weeks it seemed the answer was no. But on Monday, for the first time since Jan. 10, entering parler.com into a web browser returned a page for logging into the social network – a move that requires weeks of work for the small company. and that led to the departure of its chief executive officer.
Parler executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.
It’s unclear how Parler figured out how to host his website on the computer servers, the central technology underpinning any website. Many major web hosting companies previously rejected it. For other services needed to run a large website, Parler sought help from a Russian company that used to work for the Russian government and a company in Seattle that once supported a new German website. Nazis.
Parler’s return appears to be a triumph for small companies that are challenging Big Tech’s dominance. The company sought to make up for its plight on the strength of companies like Amazon, which stopped hosting Parler’s website on its computer servers, and Apple and Google, deleted the mobile app. of Parler from their app stores.
Parler has become a hub for right-wing chats over the past year, as millions on the far right have flocked to the platform for what they see as censoring Facebook’s conservative voices. , Twitter and Google. Much of the content on Parler was benign, but for the months leading up to the January 6 Capitol riots, the site also hosted violent calls, hostile words and misinformation.
Days after the riot, Amazon, Apple and Google said they severed Parler because it showed that they couldn’t consistently enforce their own rules for posts inciting violence. Apple and Google have said they will allow the Parler app to return if the company proves that it can effectively control its social network.
After Amazon launched Parler from its web hosting service, Parler sued it, accusing it of antitrust violations and contract breaking. A federal judge last month said Amazon’s contract allowed them to terminate service and refused to force the company to continue hosting Parler, as the startup had requested.
Parler has over 15 million users while it works offline, and is one of the fastest growing apps in the United States. It is largely sponsored by Rebekah Mercer, one of the Republicans’ biggest philanthropists.
John Matze, Parler’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said earlier this month that Ms. Mercer had effectively fired him over disagreements over how to run the site. Mrs. Mercer hired Mark Meckler, a leading voice in the Tea Party movement, to run Parler.