What’s Going On with Parler?
Updated: Jan 14
There’s been a lot of talk this week about Parler, the alternative media platform mostly populated by right wing users.
With the removal of Trump's Twitter account following the Capitol Hill riots people began to look to Parler as a more permanent solution to the social media problem.
Late last week, Parler soared to No. 1 on the app store as the top free app after Twitter and Facebook started to silence President Trump.
Then Google pulled Parler off of their app store, shortly followed by Apple warning them that their platform was being used to “plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities:,
CEO John Matze stated that there is little chance to get the site up and running anytime soon as, “every vendor, from text message services, to email providers, to our lawyers all ditched us too on the same day”.
The company has sued Amazon Web Services for an antitrust infraction.
“Less than a month ago, AWS and Parler’s competitor, Twitter, entered into a multi-year deal,” according to the suit. Then, just last week as everyone now knows, Amazon violated this contract.
Amazon has essentially shut down the company at a time where it was experiencing explosive growth, and set to financially skyrocket.
AWS claims that there were at least 98 examples of violent posts on the platform. This comes at a time where just last Friday, one of the top trends on Twitter was “Hang Mike Pence” with over 14,000 tweets.
In a Monday interview with Fox Business, Matze said that his company, “may even have to go as far as buying and building our own data center's and buying up our own servers”.
This of course would be a huge financial blow to the company, and so they are hoping that this lawsuit works out.
With Trump and numerous other Republicans moving towards Parler as their new platform of choice (over a 1000% increase in downloads last week) the company has now hit an absolutely devastating loss and may have to potentially rebuild from scratch.
It could be a long time before Parler is up and running again.