Parler registered his domain on the Epik host-sharing site on Monday, according to publicly available WHOIS search results. However, Epik told FOX Business that it has not entered into discussions with Speak about hosting the alternative social media platform.
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Prior to the registration of Parler’s domain on Monday, Epik released a statement that it had “no contact or discussion with Parler in any form regarding our organization becoming their registrar or hosting provider,” and that , in his understanding, Parler was working to “meet the demand conditions imposed on them by various elements of their supply chain.”
However, the statement appeared to defend Speak while criticizing tech giants like Facebook and Twitter for making “real change or accountability nearly impossible,” arguing that “the interests and political goals of their own leaders end up creating a double undeniable standard for law enforcement and enforcement. “
“Regarding the eagerness of some to call for the massive removal of platforms and universal cancellations, it is becoming increasingly easy to demonize anyone who has different beliefs without acknowledging the real effects and impact of that. may have on the company, ”wrote Epik’s senior vice president. of communications Robert Davis. “Vicious attack campaigns can be easily fabricated, online or offline, to promote a false public consensus.
“Without smarter discernment outside of an instant crowd-based judgment of convenience, the decisions we make now can ultimately be used to curtail the freedoms many take for granted.”
Davis told FOX Business that Epik made a phone call with Parler after being caught off guard by his listing, but never discussed hosting the platform. Instead, the conversation revolved strictly around techniques Parler could use to improve its content monitoring and moderation practices to keep political discourse on its platform from spiraling out of control.
“It wasn’t about hosting,” Davis said. “It was Parler who literally wanted to know what the best ideas were to prevent hateful content on their networks in the future.. “
A spokesperson for Parler did not immediately return FOX Business’s request for comment.
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Parler’s recording comes after its ties to Amazon Web Services were maintained after screenshots appeared to show Parler users openly discussing plans of violence at the rally leading up to the supporters’ attack on Capitol Hill from Trump last week. Parler has since filed a lawsuit, alleging that AWS acted with “political animosity” in its decision to shut down the platform and that Amazon committed both a breach of contract and a violation of antitrust laws.
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Meanwhile, Google and Apple have also taken action against Parler following the events on Capitol Hill, suspending it from their app stores on Friday due to a failure to moderate “blatant content” posted by users linked to the Capitol. violent siege.
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Epik, founded in 2009, manages around 2 million domain names. Gab is another alternative and conservative social media platform that registered their domain with Epik, which claimed to gain 10,000 users per hour on Saturday in response to Twitter’s permanent suspension of President Trump’s account.