Speak, a social network that has attracted Trump fans, comes back online

Feb 16, 2021 Travel News

Speak, a social network that has attracted Trump fans, comes back online

John Matze, a software engineer who was the co-founder and CEO of Parler, said earlier this month that Ms Mercer had indeed fired him because of disagreements over how to run the site. Ms Mercer has hired Mark Meckler, a leading voice in the Tea Party movement, to replace Mr Matze.

Ahead of the site’s return on Monday, Parler executives said they were rejected by several web hosting companies who feared a PR backlash or cyberattack if they agreed to support the site.

On Monday morning, after Talking on the Web suddenly reappeared, data behind its website showed it was backed by SkySilk. Hours later, Mr. Matossian, CEO of SkySilk, emailed in a statement saying he was taking a stand on Speak.

“SkySilk neither advocates nor tolerates hatred, but rather the right to private judgment and rejects the role of judge, jury and executioner. Unfortunately, too many of our fellow technology providers seem to differ, ”he said. “While we may disagree with some of the sentiments found on the Speak platform, we cannot allow First Amendment rights to be hampered or restricted by anyone or any organization.

About a week after it went offline, Parler created a basic webpage for people trying to visit its social network with simple messages that the company was working to get back online and supportive notes from curators like Sean Hannity. , host of Fox News, and Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky.

This page, which was so simple it could have been hosted from a single laptop, still needed cybersecurity protections to stay online, in part because Parler was attacked by internet security guards who believe she helped play a role in the Capitol Riot.

To stay online, Parler enlisted help from DDoS-Guard, a Russian company, which raised concerns among some internet researchers that the Russian government might be monitoring Parler users. Parler has also partnered with Epik, a Seattle-based company, for its domain registration, a basic Internet service. Epik has helped support other fringe sites that have lost support from other businesses, including the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site.