Parler moves to right-wing web-hosting firm Epik after suing Amazon for antitrust violations for shutting down their app and their CEO said he would re-build the site from scratch

 Parler on Monday moved its domain name to a right-wing web-hosting firm after announcing it will sue Amazon for antitrust violations for scrubbing the site from the web overnight.   

The social media site had already vanished from the Apple and Google app stores after they cut ties with the platform in the wake of the deadly mob attack at the US Capitol.

Parler then went offline shortly after 3am EST Monday after Amazon booted the platform off its web hosting service, effectively shutting the site down until it can find a new hosting partner or fund its own servers.

The site has since moved its domain name from DreamHost to Epik, domainnamewire.com reports. Web services company Epik hosted Trump friendly Gab.com when it was dropped by GoDaddy in 2018 and had helped 8chan get back online. CEO Robert Monster previously said: 'De-platforming a haven of free speech is not about left or right.'

Epik had said Sunday 'no communication has been received by them for discussion of future service provision.' 

It also emerged Monday that all of Parler's deleted posts have been archived. The hacker who has gathered them together, @donk_enby, told Gizmodo they provide 'very incriminating' evidence. 

But Parler CEO John Matze said he was doing more than Facebook and Twitter to try and remove violent content from his app. In a statement Monday morning self declared libertarian Matze said: 'Evaluated objectively, our system worked as well or better than the methods used by our competitors, while adhering to our principles.'

Parler then announced it will sue Amazon and ask a federal judge to order the tech giant to reinstate the platform, The Hill first reported. 

The 18-page suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle against Amazon Web Services (AWS). It claims: 'AWS's decision to effectively terminate Parler's account is apparently motivated by political animus. It is also apparently designed to reduce competition in the microblogging services market to the benefit of Twitter.' 

It notes: 'Friday night one of the top trending tweets on Twitter was 'Hang Mike Pence.' But AWS has no plans nor has it made any threats to suspend Twitter's account.'

AWS said there was 'no merit' to the claims. 'AWS provides technology and services to customers across the political spectrum, and we respect Parler’s right to determine for itself what content it will allow,' a spokeswoman said. 

'However, it is clear that there is significant content on Parler that encourages and incites violence against others, and that Parler is unable or unwilling to promptly identify and remove this content, which is a violation of our terms of service. 

'We made our concerns known to Parler over a number of weeks and during that time we saw a significant increase in this type of dangerous content, not a decrease, which led to our suspension of their services Sunday evening.'

Parler are thought to have targeted AWS, rather than Apple and Google, as 'both the apps and the website are written to work with AWS's technology'. 'Without AWS, Parler is finished as it has no way to get online', the suit adds. 

Losing access to the app stores of Google and Apple severely limits Parler's reach to millions of smartphones. Losing Amazon Web Services means Parler needs to find another web host to be accessed on a browser. 

Matze argued 'up until Friday afternoon it seemed Apple, Amazon and Google agreed' the app had been effective in their efforts to remove 'objectionable content', adding: 'You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don't count us out.' 

Matze had initially said that Parler might be unavailable for 'up to a week as we rebuild from scratch', but now says it might be offline for longer. Google and Apple both booted Trump friendly Gab from their app stores in 2017 and it was left internet-homeless for a time. It now hosts through its own servers.

Critics have continued to slammed the big tech giants for purging free speech in the wake of Donald Trump's Twitter ban.

Fox New host Jeanine Pirro later argued Parler's deplatforming 'is akin to a Kristallnacht'. In 1938, Nazis in Germany and Austria vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses during an attack that became known as Kristallnacht.  

She said: 'They gave us a taste of this pre-election when they suppressed the Hunter Biden story. And now that they've won, what we're seeing is a kind of censorship that is akin to a Kristallnacht, where they decide what we can communicate about.' 

Pirro later tweeted: 'Although book burning started earlier, Kristallnacht included the destruction of Jewish stores, homes & synagogues containing rare Jewish books & Torahs. My reference was in context of books.The Holocaust was the greatest hate crime the world ever tolerated. I abhor all violence.' 


Hailed by Donald Trump supporters as a conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter, Parler is seen as a magnet for the far right and was accused by Apple, Google and Amazon of continuing to allow messages inciting violence after Wednesday's attack at the Capitol

Hailed by Donald Trump supporters as a conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter, Parler is seen as a magnet for the far right and was accused by Apple, Google and Amazon of continuing to allow messages inciting violence after Wednesday's attack at the Capitol 

Shortly after 3am EST, Parler disappeared from the web with an error message saying 'we can't connect to the server' after Amazon pulled the plug

Shortly after 3am EST, Parler disappeared from the web with an error message saying 'we can't connect to the server' after Amazon pulled the plug 

The app was removed from the Google app store after conservative social media users flocked to the site in the wake of the Capitol attack

The app was removed from the Google app store after conservative social media users flocked to the site in the wake of the Capitol attack 

In his final post before the 3am deadline, Matze said that 'most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us'

In his final post before the 3am deadline, Matze said that 'most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us'


Donald Trump Jr. said it was a 'purge of conservative ideas and thought leaders.'  

Piers Morgan wrote: 'It has been quite sinister to witness the speed in which the tech world has conspired to use the Capitol riot to silence not just Trump but entire right-wing social media platforms like Parler which has been effectively driven offline by Google, Apple and Amazon.' 

American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Ben Wizner told The New York Times: 'There is a difference between a social media platform like Twitter...deciding who its members are and what its guidelines should be, and a company like Amazon that really hold the keys to the internet.'

Wizner also pointed to a 2017 quote by CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince when he took down The Daily Stormer who said: 'I woke up in a bad mood and decided someone shouldn't be allowed on the internet… No one should have that power.' 

Journalist Glenn Greenwald on Sunday accused the tech giants of 'feigning offense to destroy' to Parler. He claimed 'far more violence' has been planned on Facebook.

He tweeted Monday to pan liberals as 'overwhelmingly supportive' of big tech using 'brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics'

Greenwald wrote: 'Tech monopolies -- FB, Google, Apple, Amazon -- have more concentrated wealth & power than any in history. They have used brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics: censoring NY Post, banning Trump, destroying Parler. And liberals are overwhelmingly supportive.

'That these Silicon Valley monopolies are grave menaces to political freedom & economic well-being is *not* a right-wing view.

'Authoritarians never believe they're authoritarians, no matter how much censorship, surveillance, jingoism, & imprisonment they demand. They tell themselves their enemies are so uniquely evil and dangerous - terrorists - that anything done in the name of fighting them is noble.' 

Twitter saw its shares drop by 12 per cent Monday as the company braced for pro-Trump protesters outside its San Francisco headquarters.  The tech giant lost $5 billion on the first day of trading after it permanently suspended Trump. Trump friendly platform Gab.com tweeted Monday: 'Twitter lost $4 Billion today. LOL.'   

Hailed by Donald Trump supporters as a conservative-friendly alternative to Twitter - which permanently suspended the president on Friday - Parler is seen as a magnet for the far right and was accused by Apple, Google and Amazon of continuing to allow messages inciting violence after Wednesday's riot. 

Parler, which Apple claims was used by some of the rioters to help plan the insurrection, was the most-downloaded app in the Apple store on Friday before both Apple and Google cut off its access to their app stores.    

CEO John Matze warned in his final post before the 3am deadline that 'we will likely be down longer than expected' as tech firms distance themselves from the 'free speech' site. 

'Amazon's, Google's and Apple's statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well,' said Matze, who has labeled the Big Tech moves to isolate his app 'absolutely disgusting'. 

'Parler is my final stand on the Internet. I won't be making an account on any social. Parler is my home,' he said. He later issued a press release condemning violence and arguing the app has 'worked hard' to 'remove prohibited content'. 

Following Parler's removal the president's eldest son retweeted a post which read: 'The internet was a hell of a lot safer before @Twitter, @Apple, @Google, and @Facebook started protecting us from it'. Don Jr. added: 'This times 1000.' 

Republican congressman Devin Nunes, who had an account on Parler, raged at what he said was 'political censorship' after Apple and Google removed the app. 

'Spread the word so your fellow Americans know about this,' he urged his three million followers on the site.  

Right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro warned on Twitter that 'the tech bros are making a horrible and dangerous moment significantly more horrible and dangerous'. 

'There are no consistent standards being applied. There is reactionary deplatforming in the name of one side,' he claimed. 

'Everyone on the right is correctly concerned that these same companies are five minutes away from simply removing the ability of conservatives to host content anywhere.'

The social media crackdown has revived a debate over whether tech giants should be treated as 'publishers' with the same liability as news providers. 


John Matze founded Parler in 2018 as a 'free-speech driven' alternative to mainstream platforms. He is pictured with his family

John Matze founded Parler in 2018 as a 'free-speech driven' alternative to mainstream platforms. He is pictured with his family 

Twitter saw shares drop 10 per cent in early trading on Monday

Twitter saw shares drop 10 per cent in early trading on Monday

Trump friendly platform Gab.com tweeted Monday: 'Twitter lost $4 Billion today. LOL'

Trump friendly platform Gab.com tweeted Monday: 'Twitter lost $4 Billion today. LOL'

The fallout of Twitter's permanent ban on Trump continued over the weekend, as his eldest son lashed out at the social media site and loyalists fled to alternatives such as Gab and Parler. 

'The world is laughing at America & Mao, Lenin, & Stalin are smiling. Big tech is able to censor the President? Free speech is dead & controlled by leftist overlords,' Don Trump Jr said in a tweet on Saturday, urging followers to join his mailing list, 'In case I'm next.' 


On Friday, Twitter also permanently banned two Trump loyalists — former national security adviser Michael Flynn and attorney Sidney Powell — as part of a broader purge of accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

Its CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly made the extraordinary call to permanently suspend Trump's account while he was vacationing in French Polynesia. 

After Twitter red-flagged some of Trump's posts last year, the president demanded that the website be stripped of a 'liability shield' known as Section 230. 

Fox News personality Dan Bongino, a supporter of Parler, raged that 'the greatest threats to liberty are the destructive tech tyrants who have acted as publishers in their ongoing wars on conservatives and free speech'.

'This will be my final post on this anti-American platform,' he wrote on Twitter on Friday.   

But concern over Big Tech's power is not confined to the American right - with Angela Merkel's spokesman today calling it 'problematic' that free speech could be obstructed by 'decision of the management of social media platforms'.  

Lionel Barber, the former editor of London's Financial Times, said on Sunday that 'now we can agree that platforms are publishers and that there are some limits to free speech, we need a serious debate about social media's influence in a modern democracy'. 

And UK government minister Matt Hancock said the Trump ban 'raises a very important question, which is it means that the social media platforms are taking editorial decisions'. 

Many Democrats also want to rein in the power of Big Tech, with dozens of attorneys general launching a lawsuit last month in a bid to break up Facebook.  

Launched in 2018, Parler operates much like Twitter with profiles people can follow and 'parleys' instead of tweets. 

'Our mission is to create a social platform in the spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,' it boasts. 'We prefer that removing community members or member-provided content be kept to the absolute minimum.' 

The site claims more than 12million users in total, although analytics firm Sensor Tower puts the number at10 million worldwide, with eight million in the US. 

Founded by computer engineer Matze and Republican donor Rebekah Mercer, it attracts a mixture of far-right users and more traditional Republican voices - and is already used by the president's children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka. 

Fox News star host Sean Hannity has 7.6million followers on Parler, while his colleague Tucker Carlson has 4.4million.

There are also elected officials, including Nunes and South Dakota's Republican governor Kristi Noem.  

Trump supporters flocked to the app after the president was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other sites in the wake of the violence at the Capitol. 

But despite speculation that Trump himself would join Parler, he had no known account by the time the site was shut down today. 

Late on Friday, Google announced it was banning Parler from its app store because of posts inciting violence and a casual approach to moderating content. 

Apple followed suit a day later after alleging that Parler was being used to 'plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities'.  

Apple had given Parler 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, claiming that participants had used the service to co-ordinate Wednesday's siege. 

Public safety issues will need to be resolved before access to Parler is restored, Apple said. 

The moves by Apple and Google drastically limited Parler's reach but did not completely block the app, because people who already had it could keep using it while new users could access it on a web browser. 

But Amazon's decision to strip Parler of access to its Amazon Web Services hosting platform directly threatens the site's online presence.   

The president's daughter Ivanka Trump was among those who had set up a Parler account as conservatives dissatisfied with Twitter flocked to the site

The president's daughter Ivanka Trump was among those who had set up a Parler account as conservatives dissatisfied with Twitter flocked to the site 

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host favored by Donald Trump, also had an account on the page

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host favored by Donald Trump, also had an account on the page 

The journalist tweeted Sunday to accuse the tech giants of 'feigning offense to destroy' the app after Donald Trump was on Friday kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms

The journalist tweeted Sunday to accuse the tech giants of 'feigning offense to destroy' the app after Donald Trump was on Friday kicked off of most mainstream social media platforms

Greenwald tweeted Monday to pan liberals as 'overwhelmingly supportive' of big tech using 'brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics'

Greenwald tweeted Monday to pan liberals as 'overwhelmingly supportive' of big tech using 'brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics'

Amazon said it had informed Parler of 98 examples of posts 'that clearly encourage and incite violence' and said the platform 'poses a very real risk to public safety.' 

'We've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms of service,' said an Amazon letter first reported by Buzzfeed. 

Given the riot at the Capitol this week, the letter continued, there was a 'serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence.'

Parler was given 24 hours to find an alternative host but, Matze said, 'Where are you gonna find 300-to-500 servers in a 24-hour window... It's an impossible feat.'   

'What they are doing is unprecedented, unfounded and absolutely disgusting. Shameful,' Matze said of the tech giants. 

'Our mission is free speech, democracy and us the people having the power. The elite don't want us to be free, they want hate, division and power.'  

Tech giants have moved to shut down what they say is dangerous online content after a Trump-incited mob overran the seat of American democracy (pictured)

Tech giants have moved to shut down what they say is dangerous online content after a Trump-incited mob overran the seat of American democracy (pictured) 

As the crackdown gathers speed, conservative sites might have to follow the example of another site popular on the far right, Gab.

That platform drew fierce criticism in 2018 when investigators found that the shooter who killed 11 people in an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue had earlier posted anti-Semitic messages on the site.

Gab, already at loggerheads with Apple and Google, subsequently installed its own servers so as not to be dependent on outside providers.

Meanwhile, the DLive video streaming service, used by several protesters during the invasion of the Capitol, has closed seven of its channels and pulled more than 100 videos off the site. 

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