Reuters is reporting that Parler, known to be a social media company extensively used by the US far-right, has returned to the internet with assistance from a Russian-owned technology company. According to the report:
Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. Parler vanished from the internet when dropped by Amazon Inc’s hosting arm and other partners for poor moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. On Monday, Parler’s website was reachable again, though only with a message from its chief executive saying he was working to restore functionality. The internet protocol address it used is owned by DDos-Guard, which is controlled by two Russian men and provides services including protection from distributed denial of service attacks, infrastructure expert Ronald Guilmette told Reuters.
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However, a report by the Russian state-controlled Sputnik News agency says that Parler has denied the allegations:
A similar denial was reported by Forbes, which also noted that DDoS-Guard has a relationship with the Russian Ministry of Defense:
If one considers Parler to be a danger, a place where the more extreme members of the far right are allowed to incite violence, then DDoS-Guard could be seen as its bodyguard, stopping people who want to take it down by force and therefore an enabler. That it’s Russian will gall those who fear that the Kremlin and businesses under its influence are working to foment discord in the U.S. According to TAdviser, one of DDoS-Guard’s customers is the Russian Ministry of Defense. It also provided services to 8kun, a far-right website also associated with the organizing of the Capitol Hill riots, until it cut ties earlier this month.