Parler – the right-wing social media platform that has tried to carve a niche for itself by refusing to moderate conspiracy theories, hate speech, and incitement to violence – is looking for a new home.
The platform went offline after extremists used Parler to coordinate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. But it wasn’t American courts, elected officials, or law enforcement officers who made it: that responsibility lay with three big tech companies whose infrastructure is the backbone of the Internet.
On January 9th, Apple and Google removed Parler from the App Store and the Android Marketplace, respectively. These actions prevented new users from downloading the app. The next day, Amazon Web Services (AWS) dropped Parler as a client, disconnecting the social media platform Connection to the internet. John Matze, CEO of Parler, says the company is now making an effort to find another web hosting company that will accept their business and help Parler get back online.