Parler Open for Business Again: ‘Here to Stay,’ Free from Shackles of Big Tech

By Craig Bannister | February 15, 2021 | 11:14am EST
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Free speech social media platform is back and “here to stay,” thanks to technology that’s not reliant on Big Tech services for its survival, the company’s interim CEO announced Monday.

“When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever. We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back,” Parler Interim CEO Mark Meckler said in a statement.

In its first week back, only pre-shutdown subscribers will have access to the platform, after which new users will be able to join.

“Parler is being run 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 said, welcoming back the platform’s 20 million users.

The new platform is “designed on sustainable, independent technology and guided by new leadership,” the statement reports.

Parler was taken offline after Big Tech companies cancelled services that enabled it to have an online presence. Big Tech had demanded Parler join social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, in censoring conservative content.


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