In an interview over the weekend, Matze said Fox News he was convinced that the platform would be operational again “by the end of the month”. This is a significant change from what the executive said Reuters earlier in the week. “It could never be,” he said when asked about a timeline.
Parler is back and is hosted by “DDOS GUARD” outside of Russia. If this isn’t an obvious sign of his fault, there is nothing else that could be shown to convince you. pic.twitter.com/FkScxQdCoK
– Dave Temkin (@dtemkin) January 18, 2021
By CNN, Parler’s domain is currently registered with Epik, a DNS provider known for providing a safe haven for websites like 8chan and The Daily Stormer in the old days. A tweet from Dave Temkin, Vice President of Network and Systems at Netflix, suggests that DDOS Guard host the website. But getting online is just one of the challenges Parler needs to solve before you can say it’s fully operational again. Without access to the App Store and Google Play, Parler users will not have an easy way to install the software on their phones. Sideloading is an option on Android, but it’s not a viable way to distribute a mobile app. Returning to the App Store and Google Play will mean playing by Apple and Google’s rules.