Thomas Gallatin / February 17, 2021

Free Speech Platform Parler Relaunches

The social media site that Big Tech sought to kill is back online.

Parler, the social media company that Big Tech sought to destroy back in January, finally reemerged online Monday with the promise of continuing its original mission to provide a platform free of leftist censorship. Calling itself “the world’s town square,” Parler’s website encouraged users, “Speak freely and express yourself openly, without fear of being ‘deplatformed’ for your views. Engage with real people, not bots.” The site further advertised that “Parler is people and privacy-focused, and gives you the tools you need to curate your Parler experience.”

Big Tech felt free to collude to cancel Parler because, unlike those on the Right, the Left doesn’t tolerate unapproved views and speech. As Matt Walsh has observed, “There is no cancel culture on the right.”

Parler, which was finally able to secure a contract with a new server host, went through several changes on its journey back to the Internet. Some changes were cosmetic, like its new logo, while some were structural, like its new platform. Importantly, Parler is also under new management, as former CEO John Matze was fired and replaced with interim CEO Mark Meckler while the company continues to search for a new and permanent CEO. Parler was able to retain the accounts of its 20 million users who had joined prior to Amazon Web Services suddenly terminating its hosting contract. Barring some early reported glitches, users should be able to once again log in and access their accounts.

There is one significant hiccup, however, which is that Apple and Google still won’t host the Parler app for phone users, a handicap that will likely be permanent.

At the time of his firing, Matze contended that the reason for Parler ousting him was due to his vision for even greater advocacy for freedom of speech. However, conservative pundit and Parler investor Dan Bongino denied Matze’s assertion and in fact claimed the opposite was the case — that it was Matze who wanted to “bend the knee” to Big Tech’s censorship demands. Bongino claims that’s a position to which he and the other two majority investors refused to concede.

Of interim CEO Meckler, Parler states, “[He] is an attorney, entrepreneur, and free speech advocate. He has expertise in launching, growing and developing effective business and technology models for two of the largest grassroots organizations in modern American history, Tea Party Patriots and Convention of States. He was appointed interim CEO to help guide Parler through its relaunch and search for a new, permanent CEO.”

Here’s hoping that the relaunch is successful and that Parler grows to become a true rival to Big Tech’s abusive dominance over the social media landscape.

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