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Parler rejoins the internet

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/15/21, 05:57 pm

A conservative-friendly social network that Big Tech tried to shut down a month ago reopened on Monday, albeit with technical difficulties. People with existing accounts on Parler could log in again, but by midafternoon, many users got messages that the network had reached capacity.

Where did Parler go, and how did it find its way back? After the Jan. 6 insurgency at the U.S. Capitol, tech giants accused the company of failing to monitor its content for threats and hate speech. Apple and Google removed the Parler app from their digital stores, and Amazon booted it from its web hosting services a few days after the riot. During the blackout, Parler’s board of directors fired CEO John Matze and hired tea party organizer Mark Meckler as his interim replacement. Reports varied as to which company was hosting the rebooted site. Parler said it would open up to new users next week.

Dig deeper: Read Megan Basham and Steve West’s report in The Stew about Parler’s dispute with Amazon.

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Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Mon, 02/15/2021 06:09 pm

    I've heard that the rioters of the capitol mostly used Facebook and Twitter.  Why weren't they banned as well? Oh, I forgot, they're just shutting down conservative thought.


    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 10:49 am

    Tech Giants idea of hate speech is if you disagree with what the mob says. I've seen hate speech recently against our representatives in DC. I guess they only allow hate speech if it is against conservative representatives. 

    The hate speech of liberals only gets conservative representatives shot and attacked in their own front yards. No big.

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:03 am

    As long as we are able to demonize the other side, we can avoid holding our own side accountable. 

    This is why extremism is thriving on the left and right. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 03:48 pm

    There is extremism on the left and on the right, however, The Left controls all the institutions of power: Big Tech, Big Government, Big Bureaucracy, Big Business, Big Media, Big Sport, Big Entertainment, Big Academia, and increasingly, Big Church.

    Which has me, as a conservative, more and more looking over my shoulder.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 04:18 pm

    I agree with Tim Miller.  We may have feelings about things done by "outsiders" that we believe are unfair (and there's a lot that IS unfair), but here's the thing: we are not responsible for what they do-only for what WE do and how we react to what they do. The world will naturally be offended by the gospel.  We can't help that, but we CAN keep from causing the offense by OUR actions and by putting stumbling blocks in their way. 

    It's not that I don't care about unfairness.  But we can't "make" others act the way we want them to.  Jesus said for US to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. For other commenters: are you more likely to change the way you act when others judge you and tell you all the things you are doing wrong or when others act kindly and show you the benefits of doing things differently?  There may come a point when we have to act, but we should at least TRY to set an example first. 

    For Big Jim, it may surprise you to hear this; but my liberal friends and family members believe that this country is "controlled" by conservatives!  They are looking over their shoulders just like you say you are.  I'm not saying they are right, but I think it's helpful to realize that some of the extreme reactions by people on BOTH sides are driven by fear. To be fair, one would have to be crazy or unaware not to feel anxiety these days!  We can cast our anxiety on the Lord, but outsiders don't have that luxury.  Let's show them there's a better way! 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 06:29 pm

    not silent,

    " ... my liberal friends and family members believe that this country is "controlled" by conservatives!"  I'd like to see their evidence.

    Like I tell my sister-in-law, in a few years they're going to be throwing people like me in jail . . . and she's going to be the one turning me in.

    "Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."  Mark 13:12-13 KJV

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 12:59 am

    For Big Jim, I never said my liberal family and friends had convincing evidence that conservatives run everything. Just because someone believes something doesn't make it true-even if they believe it VERY STRONGLY.  Very strong beliefs can still affect the behavior of others whether you understand them and agree with them or not. 

    For what it's worth, I consider myself a moderate; but I totally understand conservative concerns about being put in jail or "cancelled." I have been literally threatened with jail for sharing the gospel and I was once told I could get fired for talking about religion, and that was back in the 1980's!  Things are much worse today.  

    But here's the thing: We may be afraid of being put in jail or cancelled by social media, etc-and those things are bad enough-but some liberals are literally afraid of being killed.  Put yourself in the shoes of the other side. Our legally elected officials on BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE had to hide for their protection on January 6. How would YOU have felt facing the crowd that day inside the Capitol if you happened to disagree with the rioters? Maybe there weren't a lot of deaths, but there was a NOOSE outside the Capitol building. About that: I'm white, but I grew up in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Not ALL conservatives do these things or approve of them, of course; but it looks to ME like SOME are deliberately evoking images associated with bigotry, death, and terror. Even if this is a tiny percentage of conservatives and/or Trump supporters, is it any wonder people are afraid of them?  Considering the violence from some of the rioters which I've seen on video myself and the fact that some were carrying "Trump" flags, how can we expect people on the outside to know who is peaceful and who is not?  Could you tell which racial justice protestors last summer were peaceful vs which ones were not?  

    Both major political parties are so polarized we aren't even listening to each other. BOTH are demanding absolute loyalty in everything. Both sides excuse evil if it is done by their political allies and point to the slightest mistakes made by their political opponents.  My conservative friends and family are constantly trying to convince me that liberals are evil incarnate and that they will take away all my rights, etc even as they minimize and excuse inexcusible things done by conservatives.  My liberal friends and family are constantly telling me that conservatives are evil incarnate and ditto, ditto, ditto. Who's right?  Both and neither. 

    From where I'm standing, it seems that both sides of the political aisle are so convinced they are right on all counts, they are unwilling even to listen to the other side and want to take immediate action.  But I think it's safe to say that taking unilateral action without listening is unlikely to convince anyone you are right.  It's much more likely to produce more rage which could lead to more violence.

    I don't have the answers, but what we are doing now is NOT WORKING.  We can't control what others do; but, as believers, we can cast our anxiety on the LORD and seek his will about all these things that concern us.  

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 03:38 am

    not silent - you get the last word. I'm married so I'm used to it  :-))

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:29 am

    For THREE YEARS they went after Trump CLAIMING the election was STOLEN by the Russians. (Putin laughed)

    Did certain people here protest then?

    The whole thing was orchestrated by Obama's FBI. There was something they did not want Trump to find out.

    When that didn't work they decided impeachment might work.

    They were also trying to figure out how to take out V.P. Pence as well, tie him to what Trump did or something.

    Who would have been next in line to take over? Pelosi 

    For this election, HILLARY kept saying "do not concede the election no matter what." 

    So when Trump or ANYONE disagreed with this supposed perfect election of Biden there is something wrong with us?


    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 03:38 pm

    Trump lied about the election, not just once, but over and over. He lied before the election about mass ballot dumps; he lied about mail-in voting; he lied about voter turnount in Detroit; he lied about Dominion voting systems.

    Hillary has been out of the public eye for over four years. She's a footnote in American history now. Trump will hopefully be a footnote in four years, but at this point he's exerting tremendous influence over the Republican Party.

    I don't support the shenanigans by certain people in the FBI. But not supporting that is a far cry from endorsing Trump's attempt to subvert the Constitution by stealing the 2020 election. Whether Obama or Trump, Pelosi or Hawley, I oppose efforts to subvert the Constitution. 

    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:35 am

    What if Trump had won the election? Would there have been violence? Oh yeah!

    I'm sure the Liberals would have called it justified, just like they did with all the cities being viciously and brutally burned down while they watched from the comfort of their homes.

    And they would have left no stone unturned to find out how Trump could have won when they held all the cheat cards. 

    How long would they have let an investigation go on to find out how Trump won? 4 YEARS


    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 03:34 pm

    None of that justifies lying about the election.
    None of that justifies rioting in the capitol.
    None of that justifies treating Trump with a different standard than we would treat a Democrat politician who did the same thing.


    When we were kids, we learned that "Everybody else does it" is not a valid excuse for our own bad behavior. 

  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 09:40 pm

    I have been to the Middle East.  I know what an insurgency is.  What happened on January 6th was bad, but it was NOT an insurgency.  Please be careful World regarding what descriptive terms you use.  Language like that incites more rage.  We as Believers can be above that in all we do.  

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 02/16/2021 11:33 pm

    As for whether the Left or Right is controlling this country,  I don't recall ever hearing HALF of Congress saying "we are going to impeach this person that didn't really win the election," when Obama was elected. Sure, we had grumbling and questions about birth and racist slander.  But the entire Republican half of Congress declaring they would impeach Obama?  Didn't happen. 

    Similarly, when Obama was serving his 8 years, we didn't have a unified national media constantly attacking him, spreading rumors/lies, and advocating impeachment. We did have a few right-wing flakes on talk radio, with maybe 5% of the audience that CNN, MSNBC, and WaPo get.

    And during Obama's two terms, I don't recall any government agencies or even individual employees of those agencies setting out to undermine or weaken Obama. They did it to Trump though. In contrast, during the Obama years, we know of Federal agencies illegally helping undercut, harass, or work against conservatives. 

    So go ahead and tell us about liberals you know who fear the conservatives are "in control."  I think that mostly boils down to fear that we might somehow cut into "women's right to choose," or make progress preventing illegals from sneaking across the border, or enact "voter suppression" by requiring a picture ID to vote.  Yeah, I'm sneering. The left makes me sick!  I know I should love my enemy, but I'm still an imperfect work-in-progress. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 02:27 am

    Old Mike, you may not recall anything like this (and may not have encountered it); but I personally recall receiving several emails from conservatives which contained damaging and untrue information about Mr; Obama back in 2008 (I checked out the info myself).  I'm not sure who originated them, but a lot of people I knew on various parts of the country were spreading them widely.  When I reported what I had found about the info, they admitted the data was untrue but REFUSED TO STOP SPREADING IT and ultimately cut me out of their contact lists.  The same info was recycled during the next election. It made me sad that people I knew who were believers in Christ were willing to sacrifice truth for political expediency. I also heard of meetings held by Congress for the express purpose of limiting Obama to one term, and I saw horrible, racist comments about his wife, Michelle.

    See my comment above regarding fears and beliefs expressed to me by liberals (i.e., they do fear the things you mentioned but some of them also fear losing their free will tre worshipping or not worshipping God and some literally fear being killed). You are certainly entitled to your feelings and free to express them on here; but I'm sure you realize that, if you want to convince people who disagree with you, there are probably ways that would be more effective than sneering. 

    I have debated atheists online for years; and the debates could be infuriating at times, particularly since the comments were often abusive, blasphemous, and even threatening.  However, since it was online, I had time to step away, pray, and wipe the sneer off my own face before responding! So I really do get feeling sick and wanting to sneer at someone who seems like an "enemy," Old Mike.  However, God called me to debate atheists, and he taught me how to do it. Sometimes I would ask why, if they felt I was that ignorant and needed teaching, did they keep mocking me instead of simply TEACHING me?  It was actually clear pretty early on that most of them didn't WANT to teach me or to have a reasonable debate.  They were trying to reinforce their current worldview by discrediting me and/or mocking me.

    In most cases, I could actually understand WHY they were angry if I listened to them.  It was REALLY counterintuitive-that's one way I know it was from God-and I was very imperfect; but I learned to remain calm, to admit it when I was wrong, to express regret about crimes committed by the chuch or other Christians (even if I hadn't PERSONALLY done those things, I could say I was sorry they happened), and to search for opportunities to show love. (They REALLY weren't expecting THAT, and sometimes it opened the door for me to share the gospel.)  

    All this to say: I get why you feel like you do, and it's okay to feel that way. I'm not blaming you personally, but I think conservatives should realize that a lot of liberals are convinced that conservatives and Christians are all angry, sneering and abusive because that is the way conservatives have responded to them when they expressed how they felt. (Some conservatives have reacted that way to me just becuase I asked questions. And I saw a lot of Christians responding that way to atheists online.)  Unfortunately, instead of winning people over, it pushes them away. 

    Atheists sometimes asked questions I could never have dreamed of answering without God's help.  I sometimes got angry and frustrated and had to step away.  GOD showed me how to do it, and I believe he used me for his glory; but it was NOT by answering in kind or responding angrily-it was by listening, using logic, showing love, and trusting God to show me what to say.  If God could use me in that way in a setting like that, he can show us as believers how to navigate our current political climate and any future ones. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 12:07 am

    Tim, (is it OK if I call you Tim, rather than shout your full name?) more and more I am believing that Donald Trump did not lie over and over about the election, "mass ballot dumps," mail-in voting, Dominion vote-tabulation systems, etc.  I believe he alleged some things which have neither been proven nor refuted. Yet.  I believe there have been too many discrepancies, and stories that changed just a bit in seemingly minor details, and ignored testimony of many small "coincidences" that add up to something very big, to say ANY of the allegations of fraud have been proven false. 

    As for Hillary, I very much doubt she is a footnote or has-been. I suspect her of being a very active co-conspirator, cheering on the left from the background. And probably more.  She retains tremendous influence, multitudes of loyalists, contacts all over the globe. And money to make things happen. Hillary also has considerable motivation, in my opinion, for doing everything she can to ensure a party that will not prosecute her remains in power. She needs that--she is guilty of several things I think she should be held responsible for. 

    Finally, trying to recover something stolen from you is not subversion. I believe we absolutely do not know for sure that Joe Biden won the Presidency. A few weeks ago I was willing to cede the election and move on with the Nation's business. But when the national Dems refuse to move on, it gives me this super-strong feeling that there are people and events the Dems are desperately trying to completely, irretrievably bury. 

    And I think someone needs to be digging those things up. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 02:32 am

    I have seen nothing that convinced me the election was stolen and a LOT that convinced me otherwise, but I'm not God and I'm not all-knowing.  Hopefully, we can all agree as believers to ask God to reveal any truth that needs to be revealed. to bring us together in acknowledging that truth, and to give us wisdom to move forward.

    Posted: Wed, 02/17/2021 10:54 am

    Mike, you can call me Tim or any other name you wish:).

    I had the best comment of my life typed out here for you, and then the Internet went out and I lost the whole thing when I tried to submit it. So, here goes another attempt, albeit without my previous brilliance (at least that's what I'll always claim!)

    Trump repeatedly made a false claim about Detroit voter turnout. In a tweet, he claimed it was in Detroit, there were "FAR MORE VOTES THAN PEOPLE." In a phone call with Georgia's secretary of state, he claimed that, "In Detroit, we had, I think it was, 139% of the people voted." In his speech on January 6, he said, "In Detroit, turnout was 139% of registered voters. Think of that. So you had 139% of the people in Detroit voting."

    Is that true? Is that an allegation that "has neither been proven nor refuted"?

    But this was a claim that Trump repeated and a claim his star legal team actually put in lawsuits.

    Either Trump lied, or he repeated a lie without trying to verify it. Either way, why should I trust him on the claims I can't easily disprove, if I know for certain he's lying about the claims that are verifiable? It defies logic to believe him on these finer points, in my opinion.

    I like you, Mike, and the other commenters here. My friend "not silent," with whom I agree 99.9% of the time, and my other friends, like Cyborg3, Hannah, Big Jim, News2Me, etc. Many of you exude wisdom and grace that I hope in time I come to emulate. I think we all are on a quest for truth, and this dialogue refines our search.

    What would it take to convince you that this election was legitimate, that Biden actually won the electoral (and popular, for that matter) vote? (I ask, because my wife recently asked someone, and she said, "There is nothing that would convince me Biden won." If that's the position of the commenters on this site, it is a moot discussion.)