Social media platform Parler comes back online after being pulled from Amazon cloud
Written by on February 16, 2021
The social media platform Parler came back online Monday after it was booted off of Amazon’s cloud hosting service following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Three days after the Capitol riot, Google and Apple removed the Parler app from their respective app stores saying it had failed to act on complaints about its content moderation policy.
Parler then went dark on Jan. 11 after Amazon said the company violated its Amazon Web Services cloud hosting platform’s terms of service by failing to act after being informed of about nearly 100 posts on its platform that “clearly encourage and incite violence,” some of which made violent threats against “liberal leaders” as well as activists and supporters.
Parler returned with a redesigned homepage after about a month offline. The site’s new homepage states: “Speak freely and express yourself openly, without fear of being ‘deplatformed’ for your views.” Parler also released a new community guidelines document declaring that it will not “knowingly allow itself to be used as a tool for crime, civil torts, or other unlawful acts,” while maintaining it prefers that “removing users or user-provided content be kept to the absolute minimum. In no case will Parler decide what [content will] be removed or filtered, or whose account will be removed, on the basis of the opinion expressed within the content at issue.”
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