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Parler is back online thanks to the Russian tech company DDos-Guard

Parler, a social network and app popular with Trump supporters, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.

Published: January 24, 2021, 9:17 am

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    CEO John Matze says the social network will “solve all the challenges ahead of us”. Parler was shut down by what appears to be a coordinated action by Google, Apple and Amazon when the apps were removed and Amazon shut down the servers from which the service was run.

    The social network Parler has partially returned with the help of a Russian-owned technology company, reported Reuters. The website and app were forced offline recently when Amazon Web Services (AWS) stopped access. But Parler’s website can be accessed again, although only with messages from leading people in the company.

    Parler was also removed from Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store following former President Donald Trump’s recent ban from most major social media platforms. In response to the AWS shutdown, Parler’s CEO John Matze told his users that the network would be offline for up to a week to “do the service from scratch”. He added that there were “many competing for our business”.

    The IP address used is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides services including protection against distributed denial of service attacks,

    The social network thus seems to have found a provider in DDos-Guard, a provider of Internet infrastructure services known for working with services that have controversial content, including 8kun (formerly 8chan); it also supports Russian government websites, according to Reuters. DDoS-Guard’s website has an address in Scotland, under the title Cognitive Cloud LP. But, as infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette told the news channel, it is actually owned by two men in Rostov-on-Don in Russia.

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