After one month in limbo, the right-leaning platform is back with a new web hosting service and a new CEO.
One month ago, Amazon Web Services kicked the social media platform Parler offline. This week Parler announced its return to service.
The platform is better than ever, according to its new CEO. The interim chief executive also claims that this time the platform is here to stay.
Slamming “so-called Big Tech”
The company announced its return in a press release issued on Monday.
“Parler, the world’s #1 free speech social media platform with over 20 million users, is announcing its official relaunch today,” they heralded. The release goes on to claim that the platform now uses “sustainable, independent technology and [is] not reliant on so-called “Big Tech” for its operations.”
“Parler’s relaunch—open to Americans of all viewpoints—is available immediately,” they stated.
Mark Meckler, a well-known figure on the US political right, is serving as interim CEO at Parler. Meckler is Co-Founder and former National Coordinator of the right-wing group Tea Party Patriots. He had a rousing message for Parler fans.
“We’re here to stay”
“Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse,” he claims. “When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever,” he added.
“We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back,” he said.
Parler launched on August of 2018. It was then taken offline by AWS on Jan. 10, 2021. Parler relaunched on Feb. 15, 2021. The company says it its Executive Committee is conducting a thorough search for a permanent CEO “to lead Parler as it continues to grow and expand its reach and impact.”
In the meantime, Meckler will serve as CEO and Amy Peikoff will serve as Parler’s Chief Policy Officer. Peikoff has built her career as a lawyer specializing in privacy issues.
Meckler extolled the virtues of Parler’s new management. “Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay,” he promised. “We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”