With millions of pro-life Americans looking for social media platforms that won’t censor their views and suspend their accounts, the news yesterday that the conservative platform Parler was back online was exciting. Now, Parler’s new CEO is reassuring pro-life users that it is committed to free speech and he indicated that Parler’s servers are not controlled by Big Tech, as they were when Amazon took down the web site last month.
Parler went offline after liberal executives at Amazon took their servers offline, prompting the social media platform to file a lawsuit against the Big Tech giant.
Yesterday, Parler officials told LifeNews.com that it would be back online after a relaunch and the web site is back up and running for most users now. In a statement, Parler billed itself as “the world’s #1 free speech social media platform with over 20 million users” and said it was announcing its official relaunch today, built on sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called “Big Tech” for its operations.
Expanding on that, interim Chief Executive Mark Meckler told The Epoch Times that it will be committed to free speech and its servers are protected from being taken offline again.
“Parler is back up online, and from our perspective, very healthy and robust. We don’t answer anymore to the Big Tech oligarchy. We run robust, sustainable, totally independent technology from Big Tech,” Meckler said on Feb. 15—the day the platform resumed service, and just over a month after the site was suspended from Amazon Web Services’s servers.
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Meckler, an attorney and entrepreneur, hasn’t yet disclosed which service provider is hosting Parler, but said in a release hours earlier that the company has now shifted to a new server farm. Parler’s relaunch is intended to bring it back online for its current users only in the first week, with new users being able to sign up starting the following week.
Describing himself as a “warrior for free speech” and “advocate for the First Amendment,” Meckler said that he didn’t initially plan on becoming involved…
“That’s how I got involved initially. I just started helping behind the scenes and ultimately ended up in this position where I’m interim CEO, and the plan is to bring in a new CEO eventually and just transfer over operations,” he told The Epoch Times.
“Parler is intended to be the platform for free speech and a platform that values privacy and data sovereignty and promotes civil discourse. And I think that’s the same as it’s always been. If anything, that vision is just more firm and entrenched than ever before,” he said, explaining the company’s vision going forward.
“It is intended to be a platform for everybody. Nobody is going to be censored here at Parler and we encourage people of all political stripes to come in and engage in the discussion. What we’re looking for is civil discourse. The term ‘parlay’ actually means people who are in conflict coming together and having a conversation and that’s what we intend and that’s what we hope happens here at Parler.”
“The platform is stable and secure, and they’re [users] going to see the performance get better every single day. We’re just excited to have everybody back. We’re going to stand for free speech, even when it seems like the rest of the online universe won’t,” he added.
Parler was first launched in August 2018 and was taken offline by Amazon on January 10. Parler’s new platform is built on robust, sustainable, independent technology, its officials say and they add that Parler’s launch is intended to bring it back online for its current users only in the first week, with new users being able to sign up starting the following week.
“Parler’s Executive Committee is conducting a thorough search for a permanent CEO to lead Parler as it continues to grow and expand its reach and impact,” it said.
Millions of pro-life conservatives moved to the Parler social media network following the decision by Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants to ban President Donald Trump and censor conservatives. As censorship has increased, pro-life and conservative Americans have moved to other social media networks like Parler and LifeNews gained almost 70,000 followers looking for alternatives to Twitter so they can get the latest pro-life news and information free from censorship.
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But Apple and Google both banned Parler from their stores and Amazon dropped Parler as a customer. Parler had been purchasing server space from Amazon and the web site went down completely after Amazon summarily dumped them because it allows free speech to flourish even if it supports President Trump and concerns over election fraud.
Parler was the number one app on Google at the time the company banned it.
Other social media alternatives like Gab, Clouthub and MeWe have picked up millions of users in the wake of Facebook and Twitter’s censorship.