The company’s website reappeared online on Sunday afternoon, featuring a message from CEO John Matze which read, “Hello world, is this thing on?” However its Android and iOS mobile apps are still offline.
Parler had gone offline last week after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it would be pulling the plug on Parler over apparent insufficiencies in the platform’s content moderation policies.
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Investigation by TechRadar Pro using a popular traceroute service showed that Parler’s data was being routed through Finland and France using Telia-owned network twelve99.
However the final location of the data, and henceforth the hosting provider, is still unknown. TechRadar Pro has contacted Telia for comment.
Epik is already notorious for being the domain registrar for several far-right and extremist content groups and services, including alternative social network Gab, and formerly working with infamous online imageboard, 8chan.
For the time being, it is not clear who is providing Parler with web hosting services following AWS’ retreat.
Before dropping offline, Parler was also removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the two largest app marketplaces in the world, over threatening and violent content that remained live on the platform.
Marketed as the “free speech” social network, Parler is renowned for its laissez-faire attitude to content moderation and has long resisted any form of user surveillance.
For this reason, it was clear favorite to become the platform of choice for disgraced US President Donald Trump after he was banned from Twitter and Facebook last week, and even topped the App Store download charts for a brief period in the aftermath.
Although concerns had already been expressed that alt-right groups were using the platforms to organize rallies and spread misinformation, the widespread boycott was triggered by the storming of the US Capitol Building, which was said to have been organized in part over Parler.
Parler has since launched a lawsuit against AWS over alleged violations of antitrust law and breaches of the contractual agreement between the pair. Amazon, for its part, claims that threatening content hosted on Parler amounted to a breach of contract, justifying the shutdown.
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