Parler is a social media site and application popular with the far-right in the United States. Part of it returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.
After users called for violence and posted videos to beautify the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, Parler was slowed down by Amazon’s hosting department and other partners and disappeared from the Internet.
On Monday, Parler’s website was accessible again, although only news from its CEO stated that he was working to restore functionality.
Infrastructure expert Ronald Gilmet told Reuters that the Internet Protocol address it uses is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russians and provides services including preventing distributed denial of service attacks.
If the site is fully restored, Parler users will be able to view and post comments. However, most users like the application, but Apple and Google’s official stores still prohibit the use of the application.
Parler CEO John Matze and representatives of DDoS-Guard did not respond to requests for comment.
Matze told Reuters on Wednesday that the company is in talks with multiple service providers, but declined to give details.
DDoS-Guard cooperates with other racist, rightist and conspiracy sites that are used by mass murderers to share information, including 8kun. It also provides support for Russian government sites.
Gilmet said that the DDoS-Guard website listed an address in Scotland under the company name Cognitive Cloud LP, but the address was owned by two people in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. One of them told the Guardian that he did not understand all the content provided by the company.
Critics of Paller say that relying on a Russian company has potential security risks, which is a strange choice for websites that call themselves Patriots.
Russian propaganda has stirred up political divisions in the United States, supported the outgoing US President Donald Trump, and magnified false narratives about election fraud, while also protesting police brutality.
Parler, which revealed that it has more than 12 million users, sued Amazon last Monday after the e-commerce giant and cloud service provider interrupted their services on the grounds that they did not control violent calls.
In Monday’s update, Parler.com was related to an interview with Fox News, and Matze said he was “confident” that Parler would return at the end of January.
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