After President Donald Trump’s account was suspended from Twitter, another social media site, Parler, collapsed, and many users went back online at around 8pm Eastern Time on January 8. By around 8:30 in the evening, some were still reporting problems, including problems with loading applications, but these problems were resolved later. This is not the first time Parler has crashed, and a large number of users have flooded the site in the past, but the site has also shown similar network timeout errors in the past. The site has always been the place of choice for Trump supporters and has been subject to strict scrutiny after the U.S. Capitol riots. This is what happened.
After Trump was banned from Twitter, the app shut down
Soon after Twitter announced on January 8, 2021 that it would permanently suspend Trump’s account, users on Parler reported that the social media site was closed.
After carefully reviewing the latest Tweet in the @realDonaldTrump account and the surrounding environment, due to the risk of further inciting violence, we have permanently disabled the account. https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y
-Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
The Twitter security account announced: “After careful review, @realDonaldTrump Due to the risk of further inciting violence on the account and its surrounding environment, we have permanently disabled the account. “
At the time it was not clear why Parler fell, but many people suspect that the large number of people who went to Parler to discuss Trump’s Twitter suspension played a key role. On a sub-index called ParlerWatch, one user commented that they went to Parler just to check their reactions to Twitter news.
Despite rumors that Trump has a Parler account, according to Reuters, as of January 7, he has not.
On Twitter, people also commented on when the site was closed and wondered if the app has been disabled.
The Parler application has been closed. Its server is now overloaded, or the application has been disabled.
-Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 8, 2021
One person received an error that said: “There is a problem getting the feed.”
The parser also seems to be down pic.twitter.com/XIIruFKchN
— Luke Johnson (@johnson) January 8, 2021
The website showed a network timeout error, and Parler officials later stated that too many people visited the app at one time
When the application is closed, the website either does not load at all for some users or displays an error. Users report “Content not found” errors in some cases.
Others reported seeing a network error with the content: “It seems that we either have too much capacity or your network connection is not good.”
Late on Saturday night, Alexander Blair, CTO of Parler, shared what caused the app to crash. This is a screenshot written by him.
To some extent, Blair wrote that the problem he saw was due to “a large number of new members joining Parler.” He also added that they are studying other ways to obtain the app. “In the process of constantly patching and fixing problems, it may take two days before and after. Every time a problem is discovered and released, we will chase any team members we need to ensure the best experience during this development period.”
Apple threatened to ban Ban Parler from the App Store
According to Buzzfeed News, earlier on January 8, Apple threatened to ban Parler from the App Store. After receiving complaints about the application’s use to coordinate the Capitol riots, threats were sent to Parler executives via email.
Buzzfeed reports that Apple’s email contains the following:We have received many complaints about objectionable content in your Parler service, accusing the Parler app of being used to plan, coordinate and promote illegal activities in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, which resulted in (including ) Death, countless people were injured and property destroyed. It seems that the app will continue to be used to plan and promote further illegal and dangerous activities. “
Apple told Parler that it has 24 hours to submit updates on the improved review plan, otherwise the app will be deleted.
Buzzfeed reported that Parler CEO John Matze stated on the website that they “will not be under pressure from anti-competitive roles.” According to reports, he wrote in part: “We will always enforce regulations against violent and illegal activities. However, we do not want to give in to politically motivated companies and authoritarians who hate freedom of speech.”
Google removed the app from the Goole Play store
After Parler crashed on January 8, CNN reported that Google had removed Parler from the Google Play store. Google confirmed this decision with CNN Business on Friday evening. However, this is not the cause of the crash.
A spokesperson told CNN: “We are aware that there are continuing posts in the Parler app that are designed to incite continued violence in the United States. We recognize that the content policy debate may be reasonably controversial. The app It may be difficult to remove all the offending content immediately, but for us to distribute the application through Google Play, we do require the application to implement strict audits on serious content. In view of this continuous and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the application from the Play Store Publish the app’s products in, until these issues are resolved.”
When a similar error was seen in November, it was due to a large number of people using Parler at once
Parler is a micro-blog social networking site, first launched in August 2018. According to Buzzfeed News, it was founded by John Matze and Jared Thomson. Matze is currently the CEO. Parler allows users to post posts with a limit of 1,000 characters, and other users can vote on posts or “echo” them.
The last time Parler failed due to the same errors as on January 8, Parler officials shared that these errors were caused by a large number of people registering at once. This happened in November 2020.
Alexander Blair, Parler’s chief technology officer, released the following information about the issue in November. He wrote in part: “In the past few days, we have received a large influx of new members of the Parler community, and we are very happy to invite everyone to join! The infrastructure of the system is designed to expand quickly… But everyone In using some activities, these activities are usually rarely used, so there are not many optimization measures around us…”
Matze added his information in November:
Matze wrote: “The scaling problem is normal! We are mostly prepared for it, but not everything can be expected. In the past 24 hours, we have increased the number of Parler 4 times every day… …. It looks like this trend will continue…”
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