Parler Moves Domain Registrar Amid Maelstrom of Capitol Riots, AWS, Google, Apple Takedowns: Report

Parler, which calls itself “The Unbiased Social Media Site”, and which has received media attention due to its use by political extremists, has moved their Parler.com domain from the registrar, Dreamhost.com to another registrar, Epik.com. Which can be seen here.

According to media reports, Parler has been having difficulty maintaining continued crucial services, based on decisions by service providers that they do not want to be associated with the conduct of Parler’s users.

As of this writing, Parler.com does not resolve to a working website which further confirms Amazon Web Services (AWS) has decided to longer offer their services to them. It will be interesting to see who ends up hosting their site when it comes back up especially since Apple, and Google has dropped them from their app marketplaces.

The Parler situation is a replay of what happened to Gab.com, which Wikipedia dubs an “American alt-tech social networking service known for its far-right and extremist userbase” and which “has been described as a haven for extremists including neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right”.

After coming under fire in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, Gab.com was evicted by their domain registrar GoDaddy and transferred their domain to Epik.com. Gab.com is currently hosted at CloudFlare.com.  Parler.com may follow the same route.

If your business hosts user-generated content, you may want to consider whether your content moderation policies are consistent with those of the services on which you rely, or whether content on your site could cause difficult decisions to be made by your service provider.  Having worked with a domain name registrar and marketplace in the past, the decisions you make can affect your relationships with advertisers, service providers, and even among your own employees, all of whom may have different thresholds for what sort of content they would not want to be associated.

Jeffrey Gabriel

Jeffrey M. Gabriel is an expert domain brokerage and building sales teams. Jeffrey most recently co-founded Saw.com, an industry-leading boutique brokerage that specializes in acquiring, selling, and appraising domains. Previously, Jeffrey was the Vice President of Sales at Uniregistry (recently purchased by Godaddy), one of the industry-leading domain marketplaces, domain registrar, and monetization platform on the net. In his seven years with Uniregistry, Jeffrey and his team quadrupled sales dollar volume, delivered the highest average sale price of any marketplace in the industry, and exponentially increased the number of closed transactions. This has been accomplished by constant education and refinement of the sales process. Formerly, Jeffrey was the President and Co-Founder of Igloo.com (purchased by BrandIt) and was also a Domain Broker at Sedo. Jeffrey has contributed to over 350 million dollars in completed transactions while in the industry. His most notable sales include The Guinness World Record-breaking sale of Sex.com for $13,000,000 USD and the highest .Org sale ever, Poker.org for $1,000,000 USD.