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Parler is back online one month after being cut off by Amazon, Apple, Google

The website of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin.
In this Jan. 10, 2021 file photo, the website of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin.
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Parler — a social media network favored by some conservatives — has made its return online one month after it was “suspended by Amazon Web Services and effectively driven offline,” CNN reports.

What’s going on?

On Monday, Parler came back online after having been cut off from Amazon Web Services and having its app removed by Apple and Google from their app stores. This came after “revelations that some of the US Capitol rioters had organized on Parler,” according to CNN.

  • In response, Parler sued Amazon for blocking it from its web-hosting service, accusing Amazon of antitrust violations, according to The New York Times.

But Parler returned with a new logo and a community guidelines document that states it “will not knowingly allow itself to be used as a tool for crime, civil torts, or other unlawful acts.”

  • Parler’s own account welcomed users back and said: “We will not be canceled.”
  • “Parler’s new platform is built on robust, sustainable, independent technology,” a news release said, according to Fox News.

Why it matters

Per The New York Times, “Getting iced out by the tech giants turned Parler into a cause célèbre for conservatives who complained they were being censored, as well as a test case for the openness of the internet. It was unclear if the social network, which had positioned itself as a free speech and lightly moderated site, could survive after it had been blacklisted by the biggest tech companies.”