Nearly a week after Parler went dark and days after CEO John Matze said he was unsure whether the social media app favored by conservatives would ever return, he said the platform could be back sometime in late January.
“I’m confident that by the end of the month, we’ll be back up,” Matze told Fox News Sunday. “We’re making significant progress. When you go into Parler.com it doesn’t go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information.”
Over the weekend, Parler.com reappeared with a brief message from Matze dated Saturday that said “Hello world, is this thing on?” The website also notes “technical difficulties.”
Parler must still find a company whose servers will allow the social media platform to return.
“Every day it changes wildly, but I feel confident now,” Matze said. “We’re making significant progress. When you go into Parler.com it doesn’t go into the void now, it hits a server, and it returns just one piece of information.“
Social media companies, including Twitter and Facebook, suspended thousands of accounts linked to the Capitol riots on January. 6. President Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter and has been blocked from posting to Facebook and Instagram at least through the end of his term.
Parler argues in its lawsuit that Amazon violated antitrust laws to harm Parler and help Twitter. It also alleged Amazon breached its contract by not giving 30 days’ notice before terminating Parler’s account.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that it’s possible Parler could return to its App Store.
“If they get their moderation together, they would be back on there,” Cook said.