In a since-deleted tweet by Kevin Abosch @kevinabosch on Nov. 24, he wrote, "I've seen what looks like legit proof of 5000 compromised Parler accounts including DM's of some well-known figures. Hackers decompiled the app, zero day exploit etc.. I wish I could unsee what I've seen."“The alleged ‘Parler hack’ is a screenshot from a WordPress website that has been circulated repeatedly over the past six months, despite Parler’s multiple responses that we do not use WordPress products, nor WordPress databases,” Matze wrote, denying the claim.
The Parler CEO described the allegation as an “irresponsible” rumor “which uses a ‘techie’ looking WordPress config file which is only capable of confusing a journalistic hack, not an actual hacker.”
“All of our databases are hidden behind multiple layers of security and are not accessible via the web,” Matze continued. “If Twitter continues to fact check others, they should also fact check posts such as these that spread viral misinformation.”
“Furthermore, we don’t store any personal data, user verification data is deleted on completion, and direct messages cannot send videos/images. All allegations are fake. They are just obsessed with us,” he added.
LeGate tweeted earlier: “Turns out Parler left its database credentials unencrypted on a public API endpoint. I’ve redacted their server passwords, but this is very, very bad for Parler.”
The number of accounts on Parler skyrocketed from 4.5 million to over 10 million as of Nov. 12. Most of those users have been active in the past three months, according to internal data.
Parler bills itself as a free speech social network and “the solution to problems that have surfaced in recent years due to changes in big tech policy influenced by various special-interest groups.”
As Twitter, Facebook, and other large technology companies increasingly crack down on what they describe as misinformation, labeling posts and banning users, more people—primarily but not exclusively conservatives—have made accounts on Parler and other alternatives.