Parler went back online on Monday after numerous highs and lows for young and upcoming social media platforms. During the purge of President Donald J. Trump in January, Parler had been destroyed by Amazon, who claimed the site was “unsafe” because of the Trump supporters on the site.
The board for the company fired their CEO and came back online to a temped response from former users. And now they have banned a high-profile “MAGA” personality for offensive speech.
“I’m not a fan of Milo, but less than 24 hours back—‘Pro-Free Speech” Parler starts banning people?,” one poster wrote on Twitter in reaction to the news.
One poster on Twitter attributes Milo’s ban to the following post:
Milo got banned from Parler for this hahaha. pic.twitter.com/QlAnnPktUQ
— Venezuelan fisherman (@OrcaInTheCourt) February 17, 2021
Milo has been bannd from parler in the funniest way https://t.co/3MW1LMteth
— Press Start to Wear a Damn Mask ffs (@PressStartLock) February 16, 2021
Most people know that Mark Meckler, the new CEO, is not a fan of Trump’s, so speculation was Milo’s ties to MAGA .
Gateway Pundit reported on Milo’s banning:
“Parler went live for many users on Monday, after being offline for roughly a month after Amazon dropped them from their hosting platform.
The platform became a major target for the cancel brigade, who were unhappy that the people they got banned from mainstream platforms were finding a new home where they could reach people who wanted to hear from them.”
But if you thought Parler would support free speech, you’d be wrong. Mark Meckler immediately banned Milo Yiannopoulos for making an offensive joke.
In a statement on Monday, Sky Silk Cloud, the CEO Kevin Matossian said he does not “advocate of condoning hate” and talked about its posters’ anticipated heavy moderation.
— SkySilk Cloud (@SkySilkCloud) February 15, 2021
PBS reported on Parler and wrote:
“Parler limped back to life on Monday with a new Web host, retooled community guidelines, and a promise that content inciting violence will be removed.
The change follows Amazon Web Services’ unusual step in January of refusing to host Parler over a pattern of violent and hateful posts that the site allegedly refused to take down. Parler has challenged Amazon’s termination of service by suing in federal court.
Since then, Parler has been in crisis. There have been mixed messages from people aligned with the company about when it would be back online. Parler’s board fired the site’s CEO and replaced him. Then, on Monday, Parler was revived, though the announcement even caught some close to the company by surprise.
For Parler users, the relaunch has been anything but smooth. The website appears to be operating at a snail’s pace for people accessing it by computer. The site is not accepting new users. On mobile phones, Parler does not seem to be working at all.”
The reboot has not gone well at all. The new CEO, Mark Mecker is a throwback from the Tea Party Days and has not always been fond of President Donald J. Trump.
Co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, as CEO. Parler had a claimed 20m users when it was taken offline in January by former platform Amazon Web Services for breaching its terms of service,” The Index on Censorship wrote.
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