- Parler registered his domain with Epik, a company known for hosting other far-right sites, including Gab.
- Epik said in a statement released Monday that even though Parler registered his domain with the company, the companies had not been in contact.
- Parler has denied allegations that it has become a haven for right-wing extremists, but threats related to the Capitol uprising flourished on the platform.
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After Amazon Web Services (AWS) severed ties with Parler, citing the social media platform’s story of hosting extremist right-wing extremist content that contributed to Wednesday̵
Parler registered his domain with Epik, a company known for hosting other far-right sites, including Gab, according to publicly available WHOIS information. The news was first reported by James Iles, an author whose blog focuses on domain names.
In a statement released Monday, Epik said the company had “no contact or discussions with Parler in any way” before the site registered its domain with them. Epik added that “to date, they have not received any communications to discuss future service delivery.”
The statement continued to shine against social media companies for their increased moderation. “The staggering size of Twitter and Facebook alone has made real change or accountability almost impossible, as the political interests and goals of their own leaders end up creating an indisputable double standard for both policing and enforcement,” writes Epik SVP Robert Davis, who appears to refer to the platforms’ decisions to ban President Donald Trump.
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Parler sued Amazon for interrupting its service and alleging infringement of the cartels, claiming the ban was politically motivated. Without AWS to host the platform, Parler went offline Monday. From Tuesday, the site will remain inaccessible. Before AWS dropped Parler on Sunday, the platform’s app version was removed by Google and the Apple app stores.
Parler has denied allegations that its platform hosted extremist content, but an insider investigation showed the platform appealed to the far right from the earliest days. Insiders also found that violent threats related to the uprising at the Capitol spread unjustifiably over Parler before, during and after the deadly incident.
Parler finds “refuge” with Epik, as Vice reported, comes after the company’s story of hosting right-wing extremist content. Gab, a right-wing Facebook alternative, and Bitchute, a far-right YouTube alternative, both work with Epik. The company previously hosted 8chan, now 8kun, the fringed bulletin board that has been popular with violent extremists. Infowars, the website of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, is also registered with Epik.
The Southern Poverty Law Center wrote in 2019 that Epik “turned the market around on websites where hate speech speaks well,” and Epik CEO Rob Monster has defended neo-Nazi rights to gather online, HuffPost reported in 2018.
This article has been updated to include that Infowars is registered with Epik.