is back Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far-right, partially went online with the help of a Russian-owned tech company.
Parler disappeared from the internet when Amazon’s hosting arm and other partners abandoned him for lack of oversight after his users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.
On Monday, Parler’s website could be accessed again, where a message from his chief executive (John Matze) John Matze appears, stating that he has been working to restore jobs.
Infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette told Reuters: The IP address the app uses is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides services that include protection from distributed denial-of-service attacks.
And if the website is fully restored, Parler users will be able to see and post the comments, However, most users prefer the app, which is still banned from official Apple and Google stores.
On Wednesday, Matzi told Reuters: The company is in talks with several service providers, but he declined to elaborate.
DDoS-Guard worked with other racist and right-wing websites that mass killers used to share messages, including 8kun, and also supported Russian government websites.
The DDoS-Guard website lists an address in Scotland under the company name Cognitive Cloud LP, but it is owned by two men in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Gelmitt said.
Parler’s critics say relying on a Russian company is a potential security risk, as well as an odd choice for a site popular with self-styled patriots.
Russian propaganda sparked political divisions in the United States, supporting the outgoing US president (Donald Trump) and amplifying false stories about election fraud and protests against police brutality.
Parler, which revealed that it has more than 12 million users, sued Amazon on Monday after the e-commerce giant suspended the service, citing weak oversight over calls to violence.
Parler.com added a link to a Fox News interview in which Matzy said he is confident the app will return at the end of January.