There are reports out today that Parler may have found a new host. It’s being a bit overblown, but it has promise:
BUSINESS INSIDER – After Amazon Web Services (AWS) severed ties with Parler, citing the social-media platform’s history of hosting far-right extremist content that contributed to Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol, the social platform appears to have found a new home.
Parler registered its domain with Epik, a company known for hosting other far-right websites including Gab, according to publicly available WHOIS information. The news was first reported by James Iles, a writer whose blog focuses on domain names.
In a statement released Monday, Epik said that the company had “no contact or discussions with Parler in any form” prior to the website registering its domain with them. Epik added that “to date, no communication has been received by them for discussion of future service provision.”
The statement went on to rail against social-media companies for their increased moderation. “The staggering size of Twitter and Facebook alone, have made real change or accountability almost impossible, as the political interests and objectives of their own executives end up creating an undeniable double standard for both policing and enforcement,” Epik SVP Robert Davis writes, appearing to reference the platforms’ decisions to ban President Donald Trump.
Parler finding “refuge” with Epik, as Vice reported, comes after the company’s history of hosting far-right content. Gab, a far-right Facebook alternative, and Bitchute, a far-right YouTube alternative, both operate with Epik. The company previously hosted 8chan, now 8kun, the fringe message board that has been popular among violent extremists. Infowars, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ website, is also registered with Epik.
This statement by Epik was actually released yesterday. Last night Parler’s CEO suggested to Tucker Carlson that so far they hadn’t found anyone to host. Now perhaps Matze was keeping his cards close to his chest, but it also could be that there just isn’t such an agreement yet in place.
I can only hope that Epik will chose to host Parler so they can get back up and running. Might be a little odd though, with Epik being a host for Gab, which is clearly a competitor. But Parler clearly doesn’t have a lot of options at this point.
You can read the full statement here, which spans a couple pages. Epik defends Parler it’s statement too. Glad to see that.
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