Parler, a social media company and app similar to Twitter that caters to conservative and right-wing users, announced that it would be relaunching its app this week. Parler was previously shut down after the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol building.
The company had been struggling to get back online ever since Amazon Web Services shut down it’s hosting services after Parler refused to remove posts that incited violence. A few days after the insurrection in D.C. AWS removed Parler from its servers, and Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their stores for the same reason.
Since then, Parler’s homepage has been a message to users telling them of technical difficulties. New guidelines were made available saying that they would use two means of reviewing threatening or dangerous content. One being technology, and one being a review by an actual Parler employee who would hear appeals.
The former Parler CEO, John Matze, was fired back on January 29th. He was fired by the Parler executive board after he told the conservative donor and board member, Rebekah Mercer, that the company needed to look into blocking content from domestic terrorists and white supremacists.