Talking Back, running on cloud hosting provider SkySilk

William Turton (Bloomberg) – Conservative social media site Speak has returned to the internet after its service provider suspended the site following the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.

Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud unit pulled Internet service from Parler after users planned and supported the riot on the website. Amazon Web Services said Parler did not follow the rules for removing content promoting violence after previously receiving several warnings about its lack of effective control.

Los Angeles-based cloud hosting company SkySilk Inc. has said it supports Parler.

“SkySilk is well aware that Parler has received an aggressive response from those who believe their platform has been used as
a haven for some bad actors, ”CEO Kevin Matossian said in a statement. “Be clear, SkySilk neither advocates nor tolerates hatred, but rather the right to private judgment and rejects the role of judge, jury and executioner. “

The social media site was available intermittently on Monday, with some users complaining that they could not access it.

Speaking users included prominent figures in Republican politics and conservative media such as Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. Many said they left the service of Twitter Inc., which has stepped up its efforts to tackle disinformation. Conservative donor Rebekah Mercer is an investor in Talk, The Wall Street Journal reported in November.

Parler and its acting chief executive, Mark Meckler, did not respond to a request for comment. Former Parler CEO John Matze said he was fired in January, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Participants in the January 6 riot posted videos of themselves inside the Capitol at Parler. Some of these videos were later used as evidence in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. The rioters also used other social media sites to plan and support the attack.

Parler released a two-page document on Monday outlining its community guidelines. “We prefer that removal of users or user-contributed content be kept to a minimum,” the website said in its guidelines. “We prefer to let each individual decide what is seen and what is heard. “

The site remains unavailable on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store, where its mobile app was banned after the riot.