Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American way right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology business.
Parler vanished from the internet when dropped by Amazon’s hosting arm and other partners for poor moderation following its users called for violence and posted movies glorifying the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
On Monday, Parler’s website was reachable again, though just with a message from the CEO saying that he had been working to restore functionality.
The internet protocol address it used is possessed by DDos-Guard, which can be controlled by two Russian men and supplies services including defence from distributed denial of service attacks, infrastructure specialist Ronald Guilmette told journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.
In case the site is fully restored, Parler users would be able to see and post comments. Most consumers prefer the app, however, which remains banned from the official Apple Inc and Google shops.
Parler Chief Executive John Matze and agents of DDoS-Guard didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Last Wednesday, Mr Matze told journalists the company was in discussions with multiple service providers but declined to elaborate.
DDoS-Guard has worked with other racist, rightist and conspiracy sites that were used by mass murderers to share messages, including 8kun. It has also supported Russian government sites.
DDoS-Guard’s site lists an address in Scotland under the company name Cognitive Cloud LP, but this is possessed by 2 men in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Guilmette said. One of these told the Guardian recently that he wasn’t aware of each the content that the company facilitates.
Parler critics said that it was a potential security risk for it to depend on a Russian firm, as well as an odd choice for a website popular with self-described patriots.
Russian propaganda has stoked political divisions in the United States, encouraging outgoing US President Trump and amplifying false narratives about election fraud but also protests against police brutality.
Parler, which disclosed it has over 12 million users, sued Amazon last Monday following the ecommerce cloud and giant services supplier cut service off, citing poor moderation of calls for violence.
We here at Platform Executive support freedom of speech and what Mr Matze is attempting to achieve. We hope Parler returns stronger than ever.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kenneth Li and Elizabeth Culliford in New York and Joseph Menn in San Francisco. Editing by Lincoln Feast.
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