The CEO of Parler, which was deplatformed by major tech companies earlier this month, said on Sunday that he expects to be back online and operational by the end of January.
“I’m confident that by the end of the month, we’ll be back up,” John Matze told Fox News exclusively Sunday night.
Over the weekend, Matze said his team managed to retrieve the company’s data and put up a static website, which now contains a message from the CEO himself.
“Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now,” Matze told Fox News. “We’re making significant progress. When you go into Parler.com it doesn’t go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information.”
The platform was removed from Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) servers earlier this month about the same time that Apple and Google Play removed Parler’s app from their download sites. All three suggested that the Capitol Building riot on Jan. 6 was planned, in part, on Parler, though Matze has pushed back on those claims.
His company, which has filed suit against AWS, registered the domain with host-sharing site Epik last week in “a tiny-yet-important step that helped Matze realize his aggressive timeframe for Parler’s eventual return is realistic,” Fox News added.
“Hey is this thing on?” Matze said in a post to the static site.
“Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform. We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media,” he explained.
“Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!” Matze added.
The CEO told Fox News that simply being able to post that message was a “big milestone” after spending the past few weeks being turned down or shunned by one web hosting company after another.
“We’re going to be putting periodic updates there,” he said. “We’re going to try to get an update out every day… so that people can stay up-to-date with the site.”
In the company’s suit against AWS, Parler asserts that Amazon’s action was “motivated by political animus” and is not only an antitrust violation but also a breach of contract.
Matze said being able to recover all of the platform’s data was huge.
“Now we can actually rebuild Parler,” he said, calling the recovery “critically important.”
Before the latest developments, Matze told Reuters last week he wasn’t sure if the platform would ever be back online.
“It could be never… we don’t know yet,” Matze said at the time.
The CEO went on to tell Fox News that not only is he optimistic again but that Parler’s staff is as well.
“Despite all of this, we haven’t even had one employee quit,” Matze said. “Not one, even with them being harassed and threatened, no one has quit… we’ve got such a strong team, this has just made them believe in us more.”
The platform became a haven for conservatives and other supporters of President Donald Trump, especially after he was booted from Twitter.
Matze says he will attempt to keep Parler’s vendors anonymous in the future to avoid having them come under assault from leftists who would pressure them to drop their business ties with the platform.
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