Parler leaders say farewell to users, promise brief shut down

Parler founder and CEO John Matze, and investor Dan Bongino say "There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch" but "Please, hang with us. I ASSURE YOU, we aren’t going anywhere"

Big tech went to war with President Donald J. Trump, banning him from Twitter, Facebook, and even his email.

Today, Parler investor Dan Bongino asked his followers to wait for the platform for about a week while the website recovers.

"Please, hang with us. I ASSURE YOU, we aren’t going anywhere.

If anything, we’ve been hardened by this experience and the outpouring of help from across the country will make us stronger on the other side of this," Bongino said. "If we go offline temporarily this week it’ll be brief, and the same website you’re on now will be back, bigger and stronger than ever. Our community of tens of millions of users has been fiercely loyal to us, and we won’t let you down. Again, we’re not going ANYWHERE. Keep checking in here all week and get your friends on the platform."

Parler founder and CEO John Matze revealed on Saturday that Amazon would be shutting down Parler's servers.

"Sunday (tomorrow) at midnight Amazon will be shutting off all of our servers in an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet," said Matze. "There is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch."

Matze emphasized that while Parler was prepared for such contingencies. "We prepared for events like this by never relying on amazons proprietary infrastructure and building bare metal products," he said.

"We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this as a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies."

Matze claims that the timing of the shutdown is no coincidence.

"This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market place. We were too successful too fast. You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t count us out."

The Parler CEO also said his company is “prepared to take full legal action” after several big tech companies suspended the social media network from their services.

UPDATE: Late Sunday night Matze speculated the shutdown might be longer than expected.

“I wanted to send everyone on Parler an update. We will likely be down longer than expected. This is not due to software restrictions—we have our software and everyone’s data ready to go. Rather it’s that Amazon’s, Google’s and Apple’s statements to the press about dropping our access has caused most of our other vendors to drop their support for us as well. And most people with enough servers to host us have shut their doors to us. We will update everyone and update the press when we are back online,” said Matze.

“Parler is my final stand on the Internet. I won’t be making an account on any social. Parler is my home. See you all soon 👋”

See also: WATCH: Parler CEO says his company is 'prepared to take full legal action' against big tech's ban

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