“Over the past few weeks, Parler has been repeatedly mischaracterized and treated unjustly. But the recent personal attacks on our CEO John, his wife Alina, and their family are reprehensible,” the company wrote in a post on its website on Thursday.
The Nevada-based company added: “Alina, whose working-class family lived in the former Soviet Union, came to America to start her own multi-racial, interfaith family with John. To subject them to baseless accusations that their marriage is part of some twisted espionage scheme—all because she is an immigrant—is precisely the sort of ‘racism, nativism, fear, [and] demonization’ President Biden urged us to reject in his inaugural address.”
House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter that the FBI must launch a “robust investigation” into whether Parler played a part in the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.
Maloney further says that the agency investigates whether the social media platform is a “potential conduit for foreign governments” after the company retained the services of Russian company DDoS-Guard, ostensibly for traffic rerouting. The company affirmed that Parler is using its services, though it specified that Parler isn’t using its hosting platform.
Maloney stated that “questions have also been raised about Parler’s financing” as well as its “ties to Russia,” declaring that Parler was founded by Matze “shortly after he traveled to Russia with his wife,” who is a Russian national and “whose family reportedly has ties with the Russian government.”
However, Parler, which was de-platformed by Big Tech firms in recent weeks and has been trying to find a hosting service, wrote that it backs its CEO and his wife.
“The Entire Parler Team stands behind John and Alina,” the firm wrote. “Our new President called for unity: ‘We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this, if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.’ The smears against John and Alina are exactly the sort of tactics he is imploring us all to abandon. Let’s all commit to working together toward unity and healing.”
The development appeared as a court in Washington state declined to order Amazon Web Services to reinstate Parler’s service after Amazon suspended its hosting service around two weeks ago. What’s more, the lawsuit declared that Amazon violated U.S. antitrust laws and breached its contract with Parler.
Amazon, for its part, stated that Parler failed to reduce violent threats before the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, yet Parler, in another court filing, explained that an Amazon representative only appeared to be concerned about whether former President Donald Trump would join the social media website.