Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. It looks like after being dropped by Amazon Web Services and other providers, Parler is back online (sort of) with a message.
I guess step one of the revival process for Parler was finding a web host who would take them and handle the scale Parler was running at. I have no idea who is hosting Parler (maybe they are hosting themselves), but the site does not appear to be fully operational just yet.
If this post is anything to go by, the Parler team have a lengthy battle on their hands to actually migrate from the AWS infrastructure they most likely depended on heavily.
Given Parler was hacked and all of its data scraped, I don’t have high hopes the migration will be in the ballpark of experience for whoever has the task of setting up the site on a new host.
Over on Reddit, users are having a field day in the comments. Many are speculating that Parler is an FBI honeypot, an attempt for the government to monitor and gather far-right extremists’ information. And honestly, it’s not that far fetched.
Despite the fact, there is a real possibility Parler is a honeytrap, the fact that Parler is a social media platform built on WordPress (which you shouldn’t use WordPress for) is a warning sign in itself the owners of this site have no idea what they are doing (and I say that as someone who loves and uses WordPress).
Many of the people who were Parler members and participated in the Capitol riots and made threats online who have not been caught might be stupid enough to start using Parler again when it comes back online and fully operational. Like flies to honey.