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‘It could be never’: Parler CEO says site may not recover after ‘catastrophic’ Big Tech purge as legal battle with Amazon rages on

Parler CEO John Matze told Reuters on Wednesday that the website’s future is in limbo after a cascade of online vendors rushed to distance themselves from the platform in the wake of an eruption of violence at the US Capitol last week, saying he doesn’t know if it will ever bounce back.

“It could be never. We don’t know yet,” he said.

In a rebuttal filed on Wednesday, however, Parler countered that the 26,000 violating posts were the result of “increased new users and activity” following Twitter’s banning of President Donald Trump, which “caused Parler to go down for seven hours” and led to a large backlog in content needing moderation.

As the legal fight moves forward, Parler has called for a temporary restraining order to restore its Amazon service, arguing the move is “necessary to avoid the irreparable harm of Parler’s extinction.” It added that while it had hoped to “quickly procure” another online host, “the effects of [Amazon’s] actions have proven much more catastrophic.”

The notoriety and fallout from the break-up have driven away current and potential business partners, utterly frustrating Parler’s pre-termination plans to quickly replace and recover from [Amazon].

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