The House Oversight Committee sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray to look into allegations of social media platform Parler’s involvement “related to the violence” on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.
Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney wrote in a letter dated Jan. 21 that the FBI should carry out a “robust investigation” into whether Parler played a role in the Capitol breach.
JUST IN: House Oversight Cmte. Chair Maloney asks FBI Director Wray to investigate Parler’s involvement in the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol. pic.twitter.com/GaVwMCTZGz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 21, 2021
Maloney also suggests that the agency investigate whether the social media website is a “potential conduit for foreign governments” after the company retained the services of Russian company DDoS-Guard, ostensibly for traffic rerouting.
Parler’s full social media website isn’t back online, and just a simple landing page is up, with messages from CEO John Matze, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, syndicated radio host Mark Levin, and Sen. Rand Paul.
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Maloney said that “questions have also been raised about Parler’s financing” as well as alleged its “ties to Russia,” claiming 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.”
It’s evident that the radical left will attempt to BLAME everything on Russia!
BREAKING: Parler CEO John Matze has fled his home with his family after receiving ‘death threats’ and ‘invasive security breaches’
This has gone too damn far.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 16, 2021
Matze previously told The Epoch Times that he condemned people using Parler for violence and pushed back against claims that his company didn’t take responsibility for content posted on the site. Later, Matze said that he “has had to leave his home and go into hiding with his family after receiving death threats and invasive personal security breaches,” reads a court filing this month.
Further, The Epoch Times reported:
Maloney’s letter also noted Parler’s retention of DDoS-Guard’s services after Parler was de-platformed from Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this month, while she claimed that the company has ties to the Russian government and “hosts the websites of other far-right extremist groups.” DDoS-Guard recently confirmed it stopped providing services to 8kun, a website previously known as 8chan, earlier this month.
BREAKING: A judge has denied a request for Amazon to restore Parler.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 21, 2021
DDoS-Guard, which is based in Rostov-on-Don, confirmed that Parler is using its services, although it noted that Parler “does not use the hosting service” provided by the company.
“DDoS-Guard responsibly keeps customer data without disclosing it to third parties. Moreover, the provider stores only information required for the service and explicitly provided by the customers,” the firm added.
Jeffrey Wernick, Parler’s chief operating officer, told The New York Times that DDoS-Guard is only supporting the company’s temporary web page used for updates.
“Our preference is to have an American firm,” he said this week. “People should not make conclusions that it’ll be this company. People extrapolate too much and with limited information. They conclude what they want to conclude. I call that spreading misinformation.”