Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

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Parler, a Social Network That Attracted Trump Fans, Returns Online

After being cut off by Amazon and other tech giants, Parler worked for weeks to find a way to get back on the internet.

Parler had been offline since Jan. 10, after Amazon cut off the company from its web-hosting services.Credit…Christophe Gateau/DPA, via Associated Press

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Feb. 15, 2021, 12:47 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — Parler, the social network that before disappearing from the internet, is back online a month after for hosting calls for violence around the time of the Capitol riot.

Getting iced out by the tech giants turned Parler into a cause celebre for conservatives who complained they were being censored, as well as a test case for the openness of the internet. It was unclear if the social network, which had positioned itself as a free speech and lightly moderated site, could survive after it had been blacklisted by the biggest tech companies.

For weeks, it appeared the answer was no. But on Monday, for the first time since Jan. 10, typing parler.com into a web browser returned a page to log into the social network — a move that had required weeks of work by the small company and that had led to the departure of its chief executive.

Parler executives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.

It was unclear how Parler had figured out how to host its site on computer servers, the central technology underpinning any website. Many of the large web-hosting firms had previously rejected it. For other services required to run a large website, Parler relied on that once worked for the Russian government and a Seattle firm that once supported a neo-Nazi site.

over disagreements on how to run the site. Ms. Mercer has hired Mark Meckler, a leading voice in the Tea Party movement, to run Parler.

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