As far as I’m aware, Parler is still offline, following their removal from the internet after the Capitol Storm almost a month ago. This is now officially longer than Daily Stormer was offline after Charlottesville.
We would pop up and then get banned again, as the media said they were playing “whack-a-mole” with us to keep us offline, but by a month after, we were figuring out ways to stay online for weeks and months before getting banned again. Eventually, we ended up figuring out solutions which keep us online more or less all the time. We were on .name for years, before recently switching to the .su, which was not a forced move (we still own .name and it forwards here).
Of course, I say “we,” but what I actually mean is “weev,” the sysops of the site who did all of this work. My job was primarily just to keep the content flowing, even when there were only a few people reading it (because it was stuck on Tor or whatever).
So, if we can get back and stay back easier than Parler, then that definitely shows a complete failure on the part of the leadership of Parler, a company with tens of millions in backing.
Parler has terminated CEO John Matze, according to a memo Matze sent to staffers that has been obtained by Fox News.
“On January 29, 2021, the Parler board controlled by Rebekah Mercer decided to immediately terminate my position as CEO of Parler. I did not participate in this decision,” Matze wrote. “I understand that those who now control the company have made some communications to employees and other third parties that have unfortunately created confusion and prompted me to make this public statement.”
Matze wrote that over the past few months he has been met with “constant resistance” to his original vision for the social media platform following Amazon Web Services’ decision to shut Parler down for failure to moderate “egregious content” related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“Over the past few months, I’ve met constant resistance to my product vision, my strong belief in free speech and my view of how the Parler site should be managed. For example, I advocated for more product stability and what I believe is a more effective approach to content moderation,” Matze wrote.
Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“I have worked endless hours and fought constant battles to get the Parler site running but at this point, the future of Parler is no longer in my hands,” he continued. “I want to thank the Parler employees, the people on Parler and Parler supporters for their tireless work and devotion to the company. They are an amazing group of diverse, hardworking and talented individuals and I have the utmost respect for them. Many of them have become my second family.”
Just to be clear, this is what is right now on the front of Parler:
I’m not privy to the inner workings of Parler, and for all I know, it’s not the CEO’s fault that they’re still offline. However, it is obviously someone’s fault. Parler could have swept up millions of people who were banned from Twitter and Facebook, or mad that all of their friends were banned from Twitter and Facebook, if they’d been active during the last month. This could have made them into one of the biggest sites on the internet, virtually overnight.
Failing to get back online is one of the biggest screwups in the history of the internet, frankly.
The first fault was in choosing Amazon Web Services (AWS) as their server. That is so stupid, it’s hard for me to even process it. Obviously, Amazon was going to fold as soon as any pressure came down. Not because they are easily pressured, but because they are effectively a part of the government, and certainly on board with this bizarro “great reset” agenda.
The entire concept behind Parler was to offer a free speech zone for people who had been banned from big tech, so relying on big tech to host their servers is just truly beyond the pale. I have to believe that Matze made that decision as CEO, and you’d think they would have just fired him immediately over that.
Furthermore, after the banning, someone at Parler decided to expend energy and resources to sue Amazon, even though we already have all of this precedent showing that according to the government, private monopolies are allowed to crush the First Amendment.
About a week after the shutdown, I saw Dan Bongino, who has a big stake in the company, on TV ranting about censorship and about Amazon.
I agreed with everything he said, other than the claim that “Amazon was the only company big enough to host this kind of traffic.” Bongino isn’t a tech guy, so I don’t blame him for believing that. It was probably Matze’s explanation when he was asked why on earth he had the servers on AWS. This is totally untrue. There are all kinds of server options.
Granted, Stormer has lower volume than Parler, but not really by that much. I mean, it’s “much,” but it’s not like they have 100 times the volume or something. That is to say: the server solutions that we are using could be used by them. We never have had any problem with servers. That was fixed very quickly. The problems we had were with the registrar, the DNS and the CDN, which are backbone services that are much more difficult to find. I’m sure that if Parler had figured out their servers, these attacks would have been used against them as well – but they never fixed their servers!
It’s really an inexcusable failure.
I have no idea why they wouldn’t just hire weev. It’s not like anyone would know. He’s a security professional, he’s good at keeping things secret. More importantly, he’s the only person on earth who has successfully navigated this kind of pressure to keep a website online. I have zero doubt that if they would have contacted him, through any of the encrypted methods available to contact him, he could have gotten the site back online within a week, max.
Anyway, I already hinted at this, but let me just make it clear to whoever is going to take over at Parler: you can contact weev, through encrypted channels which I’m sure you can figure out, and if you pay him a lot of money, I can say with true confidence that he will get you back online, and the only damning proof of the fact that you worked with the infamous hacker weev will be that your site is online.
He’s a polite and normal person, and a professional.
Of course, maybe it doesn’t even matter. We’re getting to the point where the private companies that run the cables and the cellphone towers and otherwise provide internet to people’s houses – Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, etc. – are going to start directly blocking access to websites. There is apparently no law keeping them from doing that now, and Lindsey Graham will get up there with Chuck Schumer and say “a private company can block access to anyone they want to block access to, it’s only the government that isn’t allowed to take away your Constitutional rights.”
That is going to happen to this site eventually, I have no doubt, so the reader needs to save our Tor address for when it does happen:
Write that down on a piece of paper. You can open it in Brave Browser, or you can open it with Tor Browser (Tor Browser will allow you to save cookies from Tor sites, something that Brave currently doesn’t allow).