Parler.com gets back online after being launched Amazon’s hosting service, with the controversial social network saying it no longer relies on “Big Tech” for its web infrastructure. An announcement from Speak Monday said its relaunched website is “built on sustainable, independent technology and does not depend on so-called ‘Big Tech’ for its operations.”
Amazon cut Parler’s web hosting service on January 10, days after a Trump-instigated mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, claiming that “Parler cannot meet our terms of service and poses a very real risk to public safety. Talking sued Amazon in response, but a federal judge refused Parler’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have forced Amazon to restore its services.
Now Parler uses the hosting services of a company called SkySilk. Parler said his site was only available this week to users who already had accounts. New users, on the other hand, will be able to sign up next week. While existing users can now log into Talk, their old messages have been deleted from the site, TechCrunch reported.
“When Speak was taken offline in January by those who wanted to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to deliver on our promise to our deeply engaged community to come back stronger than ever. We are delighted to welcome everyone. Parler’s interim CEO Mark Meckler said in the announcement. “Parler is led by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.” (Meckler, who co-founded the Tea Party Patriots in 2009, replaced recently fired CEO John Matze heads Parler.)
Amazon said in a filing in court that he interrupted Parler because of his “obvious reluctance and inability to remove from servers Amazon Web Services content that threatens public safety, for example by inciting and planning rape, torture and murder public officials and individuals. “
In the new Talking Today posts, the official Talking account read: “We will not be canceled”, while Meckler wrote: “Talking is live and it feels good!”
Parler’s traffic goes through a data center in Ohio managed by CloudRoute, and from there to a SkySilk data center in Los Angeles, where SkySilk exchanges Internet traffic with NTT. This is confirmed by trace routes from dozens of major cities spread across the Americas, Europe and Asia. We contacted NTT today and will update this article if we get a response.
CloudRoute and SkySilk appear to be connected in one way or another and may ultimately be part of the same company. CloudRoute CEO Andre Temnorod has denied or played down any connection, story The New York Times that “SkySilk is our customer and Parler is SkySilk’s customer.” However, Whois Information lists Temnorod emails and other CloudRoute email addresses as contacts for SkySilk. SkySilk CEO Kevin Matossian “confirmed to NPR that the company provides web hosting services to Parler,” according to NPR reporter Bobby Allyn.
CloudRoute is described by Scamalytics as a “potentially high risk of fraud” ISP, with approximately 56 percent of traffic originating from the “suspected potentially fraudulent” ISP. We contacted CloudRoute and SkySilk today and will update this article if we get a response.
CloudRoute is billed as a Microsoft partner, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Parler.com content is hosted on Microsoft’s cloud services. Talking has been a Microsoft Office 365 user for email and Microsoft employees would have debated last month whether to stop providing service to Parler. We contacted Microsoft today and will update this article if we get a response.
Parler.com last month moved his domain to Epik, a domain registrar who also provides services to Given, which is known for hosting antisemitic content. Talking at one point last month was using the services of the Russian company DDoS-Guard, but that is apparently no longer the case.