Parler moves domain name to Sammamish company after Amazon cancels hosting services

Jan 12, 2021, 8:57 AM | Updated: Jan 13, 2021, 11:01 am
The logo of the social media platform Parler. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)
(Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Parler has reportedly moved its domain name registration to a Sammamish web-hosting company, after the website’s hosting services were terminated by Amazon earlier in the week.

As of Monday, Parler’s domain name has now been moved over to Sammamish-based Epik. As for larger hosting services, a lawsuit filed by Parler against Amazon says the company “has been unable to find an alternative company.”

Parler — billed as a refuge for conservatives looking for a refuge from Twitter — came under fire in the wake of last week’s siege on the U.S. Capitol, with many users advocating for violence against opponents of President Donald Trump.

In terminating its account with Parler, Amazon cited a “steady increase” in that sort of troubling and potentially inciting content in recent weeks.

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Parler’s previous domain name registrar was DreamHost, who, similar to Amazon, cut ties with the company this week.

That all being so, Epik issued a statement Monday, saying that it has “had no contract or discussions with Parler in any form regarding our organization becoming their registrar or hosting provider.”

“From our understanding, Parler was working on satisfying the requested terms placed upon them by various elements of their supply chain, and to date, no communication has been received by them for discussion for future service provision,” said Epik Senior Vice President of Communications Robert Davis.

CORRECTION, 1/13/21: A previous version of this article stated that Epik currently hosts InfoWars, Gab, and The Daily Stormer. Epik no longer hosts any of those three sites.

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Parler moves domain name to Sammamish company after Amazon cancels hosting services