Parler’s app was pulled from both the Apple and Google app stores and could well have survived, but then it was shut down by Amazon Web Services.  It has been dark ever since . . . until this weekend.

An LI reader noted that the site’s url leads to a message from Parler CEO John Matze, so of course I had to check it out for myself.

Sure enough:

This is the extent of what we know at this point, though CNN Business reports that Parler has found a new web-hosting service in Epik.

Parler’s website suddenly reappeared online Sunday afternoon with a message from its CEO, John Matze: “Hello world, is this thing on?”

The message, dated January 16, implies that the social network popular with members of the far right has found a new online hosting platform, after Parler was booted from Amazon Web Services on January 10 in the wake of the Capitol siege.

Parler now appears to be hosted by Epik, according to a WHOIS search. Epik is a hosting platform that supports Gab, 8chan and other services often used by members of the far-right.

Prior to hosting Parler, Epik issued a lengthy statement blasting what it said was a “kneejerk reaction” by major companies of “simply deplatforming and terminating any relationship that on the surface looks problematic or controversial.”


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