Trump himself was considering switching to Parler when his Twitter account was blocked.
In a statement, the social medium Parler calls itself ‘the number 1 platform worldwide on which you can express your opinion without censorship or intervention’. There are said to be over 20 million users.
Parler’s return had been announced a month ago, but nothing happened then. In the meantime, CEO John Matze had to leave.
Lawsuit against Amazon
After the attack on the Capitol in Washington on January 6, Parler web host Amazon had stopped cooperating. According to Amazon, Parler did too little against calls for violence.
Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon, which defended itself by stating that, under the guise of freedom of expression, Parler allowed messages “encouraging and planning the rape, assault and murder of officials and civilians named by name.” The judge did not want to make a decision in the short term.
Videos storming the Capitol
Parler’s users included people who took part in the storming of the Capitol. Nonprofit ProPublica has published over 500 Parler videos shot around the Capitol riots in Washington. The videos show the violent actions of the day, including vandalism and threats against politicians.