Parler website partially returns with support from Russian-owned technology firm | Social media

Mabel R. Acton

Parler, the social network popular with Donald Trump supporters, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company.

The network vanished from the internet after it was dropped by Amazon’s hosting arm and other partners over a lack of moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the attack on the US Capitol on 6 January.

On Monday, Parler’s website was reachable again, though only with a message from its chief executive, John Matze, saying he was working to restore functionality.

The internet protocol (IP) address it used is owned by DDos-Guard, which is

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Social media’s failings have made regulation almost inevitable

Mabel R. Acton


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The GameStop saga has thrown light, once again, on the power of social media. Having dramatically increased the stock price of a loss-making video game retailer, the two-million strong subreddit r/WallStreetBets has shown that with enough will, a single group can take on even the powerful world of hedge funds–and make itself some money in the process.

But this, like Twitter’s blocking of former US president Donald Trump’s account, raises questions about control. Who controls the public discourse in our society? People, platform, or the government? Furthermore, who should have control? It’s now undeniable that

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Opinion | Is social media activism actually effective? | Opinion

Mabel R. Acton

In recent years and especially in 2020, social media has been used as a tool for activism. On almost every social platform, it’s incredibly easy to spread awareness, educate followers and share petitions.

There’s no doubt that social media has played a large part in raising awareness about the coronavirus and distributing petitions for social movements like Black Lives Matter. However, it’s important to stop and think about what social media activism actually is and what it actually accomplishes.

Do the benefits outweigh the consequences? Is the possibility of misinformation justified at the cost of social change?

Take a look

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The Technology 202: New report calls conservative claims of social media censorship ‘a form of disinformation’

Mabel R. Acton

The report found there is no trustworthy large-scale data to support these claims, and even anecdotal examples that tech companies are biased against conservatives “crumble under close examination.” The report’s authors said, for instance, the companies’ suspensions of Trump were “reasonable” given his repeated violation of their terms of service — and if anything, the companies took a hands-off approach for a long time given Trump’s position.

The report also noted several data sets underscore the prominent place conservative influencers enjoy on social media. For instance, CrowdTangle data shows that right-leaning pages dominate the list of sources providing the most

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