Parler is an alleged free speech alternative to Twitter. They were forced to shut down when Amazon Web Services dropped them in the wake of the Capitol Storm. For some reason, it took them weeks to find new servers.
However, shortly after firing their CEO, they got things running again.
They relaunched this week. Thus far, it has been a total disaster.
Apparently, instead of figuring out a real free speech hosting alternative, they’ve gone with a company called “SkySilk Cloud.” As per an investigation by National File, this service’s ToS bans “racist, pornographic, hateful material or those which create customer service or abuse issues for us.”
After this issue was raised, SkySilk issued a statement on Twitter, attempting to alleviate concerns, apparently, saying that they are relying on Parler to police their own speech.
— SkySilk Cloud (@SkySilkCloud) February 15, 2021
This is confusing, as we were all under the impression that Parler was a free speech platform.
Parler apparently isn’t a free speech platform, because shortly after they relaunched, they banned FBI informant and agent provocateur MILO from their service for some joke or combination of jokes.
However, shortly after banning him, they reinstated him.
But the fact that they banned him at all – if it was for any reason other than that he’s an FBI informant – shows that they’ve got some very serious problems with their supposed free speech agenda.
It came out in court documents related to the Charlottesville civil lawsuit that MILO is an informant for the FBI, and I would support a platform banning anyone who is confirmed in legal filings to be an FBI informant.
Here’s the full .pdf of that filing, and here’s the specific quote:
However, I do not think this is why MILO was banned. Despite having been outed as someone who regularly informs to the FBI, MILO continues to do his work as an internet commentator, because the right-wing is known to have a very high tolerance for FBI informants.
So I assume he was banned for a joke, then someone at the head office was like “well, that’s not a good look,” and the decision was reversed.
Anyway, the bottom line here is that I don’t think we can expect Parler to be a real free speech haven. Nothing about the situation indicates that they even have a desire to be that. Maybe it will be something fun to mess around with, I don’t know, but clearly, it’s not reliable.