Parler said losing Amazonâ€™s services would be a â€œdeath knell,â€� though other platforms popular with the far right and conspiracy theorists, like Gab and 8chan, have recovered after being terminated by hosting providers.
David J. Groesbeck, a sole practitioner intellectual property lawyer in Olympia, Wash., filed the suit for Parler.
Separately, data of Parler users was posted online in a searchable database on the website ArchiveTeam.org by a lone researcher, who goes by the Twitter alias â€œ@donk_enby.â€�
The researcher started archiving all Parler posts on Jan. 6, the date of the Capitol riots, but Amazonâ€™s threat to shutter the service sent the effort into overdrive. By Monday, she claimed to have captured more than 99 percent of Parlerâ€™s content, including content they had deleted, in a permanent searchable record. The content included posts, images and more than a million videos, some with the geolocation of those who captured and posted video from the Capitol riots.
â€œBecause of how it was obtained, itâ€™s unclear whether the Parler data will be used for prosecution, but there is a lot there that law enforcement can use to build leads,â€� said Roman Sannikov, director of cybercrime and underground intelligence at Recorded Future.
Security experts said that while the Parler scrape was not a hack, it indicated a security failure. â€œWith any application that is used by millions of users comes a responsibility to safeguard it,â€� said Alex Holden, of the Milwaukee-based cybersecurity firm Hold Security. â€œLetting someone obtain a bulk copy of all the posts and videos is irresponsible.â€�
The researcher also discovered that Parler had content moderation tools in place, but apparently did not use them consistently to take down violent extremist content. Parler didnâ€™t respond to a request for comment about the data scraping.
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