A “Stop the Steal” flag flies outside a campaign rally with U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler on the eve of Georgia’s run-off election in Dalton, Georgia, U.S., January 4, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Parler, a social media website and app popular with conservatives, has partially returned online with the help of DDos-Guard, which provides services such as protection against distributed denial of services attacks. Parler was pulled offline last Monday following the U.S. Capitol riots, with Amazon Web Services halting its hosting of the site and Apple and Google removing it from their app stores.

“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,” Parler CEO John Matze wrote in a post on Parler. 

Following Parler’s lawsuit filing, Amazon defended its decision to stop hosting services, citing 98 examples of posts inciting violence. Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday said Apple made the correct decision in taking Parler off its app store. “We don’t consider that free speech and incitement to violence has an intersection,” Cook said.

Conservative commentator and Parler investor Dan Bangoni wrote on Parler that he will never stop fighting. “If they’re allowed to silence us, they can silence anyone. It stops now,” he added.

DDos-Guard is controlled by two Russian men, Evgenii Marchenko and Aleksei Likhachev. A spokeswoman for DDos-Guard said the company was not hosting Parler and declined to comment on services it was providing to the app. It confirmed it was storing customer data as part of its offering.

DDos-Guard has been associated with far-right and extremist websites in the past, including 8kun, the messageboard formerly known as 8chan that has been tied to QAnon conspiracy content and white nationalist attacks. DDos-Guard cut ties with 8kun’s hosting company following the U.S. Capitol attacks.

Parler’s new web host appears to be Epik, a domain registrar known for hosting far-right extremist content, though Epik denied in a statement that the two companies had been in touch. Epik helped bring Gab, a platform favored by extremists, back online in 2018 after GoDaddy stopped providing services following the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Epik has also provided web-hosting services to 8chan and The Daily Stormer.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Parler backlash overshadows Facebook’s major role in fueling Capitol riot, watchdog groups say – Salon – 1/16/2021
Parler played a role in the “organizing” of the siege and amplified calls to violence but “it wasn’t just Parler, it was social media platforms across the board,” Getachew said. Facebook in particular has “done a poor job of consistently enforcing their content moderation policies,” he added. This isn’t just a case of “one platform is a bad actor,” Getachew said. “All platforms have not done what they need to do to prohibit this type of disinformation and incitement of violence.”

Parler CEO John Matze: Platform Will ‘Welcome All of You Back Soon’ – Breitbart – 1/18/2021
“Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” said Matze in a statement over the weekend. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media.”

Parler’s Rise Was Also Its Downfall – The Atlantic – 1/18/2021
The mainstream and the radical fringe—the dissatisfied Facebook and Twitter users and those banned from them long ago—could, for the most part, coexist on one platform. And as Republicans become even more vehemently anti-Twitter and anti-Facebook, and mainstream conservatives hold the downfall of Parler up as a cautionary tale about mass censorship, the market for a new no-rules app is only expanding.

Alex Berenson: Shutdown of Parler is Big Tech’s ‘most dangerous’ move yet – Fox News – 1/18/2021
“These large social media outlets have a lot of nasty speech on them, period. If Parler’s version of events is believed, they were pretty responsive to Amazon,” Berenson said. “Amazon effectively destroyed a functioning business in a matter of days and protected Twitter.”

The Trump business backlash: Corporate ‘woke-washing’ or new era? – Al Jazeera – 1/19/2021
What experts and analysts agree on is that the last 13 days could represent the beginning of real change in the US business community, one that will require far greater work and will force companies to look inward and make changes that better reflect the concerns and values of their employees, consumers and other stakeholders.

Parler accuses Amazon of giving a green light to hackers to attack its data centers – The Washington Times – 1/19/2021
Parler sued Amazon and said in a court filing that Amazon deliberately left open Amazon Route 53, a Domain Name System web service, that invited the hackers. “In other words, AWS essentially illuminated a large neon arrow directing hackers to Parler’s backup datacenters,” Parler said in a court filing on Monday.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

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