Posted by Curt on 18 January, 2021 at 9:53 am. 1 comment.


By Jeff Charles

Parler CEO John Matze recently indicated that his social media company is not down and out yet, after a barrage of censorship directed at the site from Big Tech. He stated that he is “confident” the platform will be back.

In a telephone interview with Fox News on Sunday night, Matze said that his team launched a static website and recovered the company’s data. Parler registered its domain with host sharing website Epik last week after Amazon Web Services decided to shut the site down for allegedly failing to moderate “egregious content” related to the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now,” Matze said. “We’re making significant progress. When you go into it doesn’t go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information.”

As of this writing, when you go to the site, it shows a message from Matze saying, “Hello world, is this thing on?” which was his first update when the static page was launched.

The message continues:

Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform. We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both.

We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!

The Parler CEO told Fox News that getting the static page up is a significant milestone.

“We’re going to be putting periodic updates there,” Matze said “We’re going to try to get an update out every day… so that people can stay up to date with the site.”

The company is suing Amazon for its decision to cut Parler off from its hosting. The suit claims that the decision is “motivated by political animus” and constitutes a breach of contract and antitrust violation.

Matze was able to recover Parler’s data from Amazon on Friday, which is also necessary to relaunch the site. “Now we can actually rebuild Parler,” he said. “It’s critically important.”

For a while, it seemed that Parler would not be able to recover from the Big Tech onslaught. During a Reuters interview, he indicated that they might not be able to rebuild the platform. However, it seems his tone has changed.

“Despite all of this, we haven’t even had one employee quit,” Matze said. “Not one, even with them being harassed and threatened, no one has quit… we’ve got such a strong team, this has just made them believe in us more.”

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