- Pearls has been restarted with a Tea Party Patriots co-founder at the top.
- The social media platform was taken offline by Amazon Web Services in January.
- The site, which was a favorite of the far right, turned out to be a planning center for Capitol rebels.
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Parler, the preferred social media platform for the far rightannounced Monday that it was back online after it was dropped by an Amazon hosting service on January 11th.
Since became a paradise for pro-Trump extremists before and during the Capitol Uprising. Amazon Web Services (AWS) found that it “poses a very real risk to public safety.”
On Monday, the company announced that the site was running a Tea Party co-founder who served as interim CEO. Mark Meckler, a lawyer, political activist and founder of the Tea Party Patriots, replaced former CEO and co-founder John Matze, who was fired by the company’s board earlier this month.
In a statement Monday, Meckler said, “Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects freedom of expression and values privacy and civil discourse,” highlighting the platform’s focus on freedom of expression. “Parler is run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We want to thrive as the leading social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue,” the statement said.
—Tyler Adkisson (@tyadkisson) February 15, 2021
According to publicly available WHOIS data the domain is registered with Epik, which also hosts Gab, another far-right social media platform.
A spokesman did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
Pearls are pretty much funded by Rebekah Mercer, a conservative megadonor whose family was among the most influential supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Dan Bongino, a conservative activist, has also said he is a co-owner.
The company was investigated after the Capitol uprising when evidence came that rebels had used Pearls and other platforms to coordinate the attack.
Apple and Google removed Pearls from their app stores shortly after the uprising and said it continued to allow content that threatened to escalate violence in violation of their policies. Amazon then removed Parler’s access to its web hosting services and more technical companies refused to conduct business with it, effectively taking the platform offline.
Parler will immediately bring its current users back during the first week of the relaunch and intends to allow new users to sign up the following week, the statement said.
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