Parler Takes The Next Step In Making A Comeback

Right-wing social media platform Parler, which has been offline since Amazon Web Services Thanos snapped it off the Internet last week, has reappeared on the Web with a promise to return as a fully functional service “soon“:

Although the platform’s Android and iOS apps are still defunct, this weekend its URL once again began to resolve to an actual website, instead of an error notice. The site at the moment consists solely of the homepage, which has a message from company CEO John Matze. “Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” the message reads. “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!” 


Parler, however, was deplatformed in the first place explicitly because the content it allowed to flourish was anything but “civil,” and as multiple reports have made clear, the service backend was designed with basically no thought given to privacy. Meanwhile, the path Parler appears to be taking to rejoin the Internet is a shady one paved for it by other explicitly extremist, white nationalist platforms that lost access to more mainstream services after being tied to terrorism.

And there’s the fact that getting a service online that allegedly millions of people used minus the resources of a company like Amazon Web Services is going to be a sketchy proposition at best. Personally, I can’t see it happening. And if it does happen, it will likely be a very unstable platform to be on. But I guess we will see what happens.

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