Amazon booted Parler out of its Web Services. But a week after, it’s slowly re-emerging. However, it’s not fully functional.
If you don’t know it yet, Parler is a social media app. However, unlike most social media sites, conservatives prefer it.
When Amazon dropped this app, Parler’s CEO John Matze said that he’s not sure if the app would be back.
But a week after it was down, John stated that the platform could return in late January. Thus, if you go to its website, parler.com, it’s up with a piece of information.
What Happened to Parler?
Last Sunday, Amazon suspended the app, thereby, losing access to its hosting services. The reason? It violated the service’s terms.
Parler answered Amazon by suing this eCommerce giant. It asked the court for its immediate reinstatement.
But it wasn’t only Amazon who kicked Parler out. Google and Apple also removed it from their marketplaces.
Pieces of evidence emerged that Trump supporters and far-right extremists utilized it to organize the Capitol attack.
The rioters who attack the Capitol used Parler and other social media platforms to plan the riot. They also used them during and after the attack.
The app’s domain is registered with Epik. It was the DNS provider of 8chan and the Daily Stormer.
Its host now is DDOS Guard from Russia, according to Dave Temkin’s tweet.
Unfortunately, Parler couldn’t get back online fully because Apple and Google banned this app from their respective Stores.
But Parler could still install it in their Android phones through sideloading.
However, it’s not the best option for everyone.
If it wants to be fully functional, it has to play by Apple’s and Google’s terms and conditions.
Right-wing social media users left Twitter, Facebook, and other mainstream social media platforms because of their aggressive rules about political comments. As a result, they flock to other apps, like Gab and Telegram
Gab users are mostly QAnon conspiracy theory believers. It gathered more than 1.7 million signups with 52 million page views.
In the past month, there was a significant increase in interest in Gab.
An alternative to YouTube is Rumble. It’s a conservative haven and Rep. Devin Nunes supported it. The app’s downloads also doubled in the last week.
MeWe is another social media platform for conservatives. It works like Facebook but without the targeted ads. Because of what happened to Parler, this app benefited and became the fifth most popular app on the App Store and Google Play.
However, MeWe promised to be more vigilant when it comes to moderating its content.
Telegram users also spiked. It’s a messaging app mostly popular in Asia, Russia, and Europe. It became the number 2 most downloaded apps on App Store on Monday.
Was the Banning of Parler Effective?
Experts said the app may not be effective. They warned that the ban forced the extremists to go underground.
What’s more disturbing is that they are using Signal and Telegram, which used encrypted technology. In that case, it’ll be difficult for law enforcement to monitor their activities.