Parler relaunches its website after monthlong absence

The social media platform was booted offline in January after the Capitol Hill insurrection.

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Parler is back on the internet.

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Social media platform Parler announced its return to the internet on Monday, more than a month after it was forced offline for allowing inflammatory posts about the Capitol Hill insurrection.

The Twitter alternative, which had become a haven for racist and right-wing extremist content, was forced offline in January when Amazon Web Services cut services to it. It wasn't immediately clear who is hosting the relaunched site, though NPR pointed to cloud hosting company SkySilk. The Los Angeles-based company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Parler said in a statement the new site is built on "sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called 'Big Tech' for its operations."

The company, which has been without a CEO for two weeks, is now being led on an interim basis by Mark Meckler, who had been part of the "executive committee" running the company after former CEO John Matze was fired by the board in January.

The action by AWS to boot Parler offline in mid-January followed decisions by Apple and Google to stop distributing the social network's mobile apps. Amazon said it took the action because Parler wasn't moderating posts from users advocating violence.

The moves by tech giants to distance themselves from Parler came amid growing concerns that the service could be used to promote more violence in the wake of the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, who whipped them up at a rally. Talk of guns and violence was widespread in Parler discussions ahead of the march on the Capitol, which was organized to support the president's baseless claims that the November election had been stolen from him.

Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.