(Reuters) – Parler, a social media service popular with right-wing American users that virtually disappeared after the United States Capitol riots, was relaunched on Monday, saying its new platform was built on “sustainable technology and Independent”.
In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler also said it had appointed Mark Meckler as its interim chief executive officer, replacing John Matze, who was fired by the board this month.
Parler was shut down after being interrupted by major service providers who accused the app of failing to control violent content related to the deadly January 6 attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of the then president of the United States. United, Donald Trump.
Despite the relaunch, the website was still not being opened for many users and the app was not available for download in the mobile stores run by Apple and Google owned by Alphabet, which had previously banned the app.
While several users chose to compete with Twitter to complain that they could not access the service, a few others said they could access their existing account.
Parler, which claimed it once had more than 20 million users, said it would reconnect its current users in the first week and would be open to new users next week.
Founded in 2018, the app has designed itself as a “free speech-driven” space and largely appealed to American conservatives who disagree with the rules about content on other social media sites.
Last month, Amazon.com suspended Parler from its web host, effectively taking the site offline. Parler, on Monday, said its new technology reduced its dependence on “so-called Big Tech” for its operations.
Parler appears to be using CloudRoute LLC as its new host and replaced Amazon with the open source software platform Ceph, according to here to the anonymous computer programmer “Crash override” using the Twitter handle @donk_enby.
The programmer, who became famous here for cataloging nearly every user post on Parler since the day of the Capitol riots, tweeted Monday that user accounts were still there on the new platform, but the posts, images and videos were deleted.
Parler and CloudRoute did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Parler is run by an experienced team and he’s here to stay,” said Meckler, who had co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, a group that emerged in 2009 within the conservative Tea Party movement and helped elect dozens of Republicans.
He also has the backing of hedge fund investor Robert Mercer, his daughter Rebekah Mercer, and conservative commentator Dan Bongino.
Report of Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Howard Goller Editing