Parler returns to the Google Play Store over a year after Google’s removal following the US Capitol riots in January 2021. This social media app has gained popularity among US conservatives. It was launched in 2018 as an alternative to other social media platforms like Twitter. It gained traction from supporters of former US President Donal Trump. However, the Parler app has been removed from several major tech platforms for failing to monitor violent content believed to have led to the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters.
According to Reuters, the Parler app is being reintroduced to the Google Play Store as it is said to have taken several measures to improve its content moderation.
A Google spokesman explained that the app now offers the ability to block abusive users and remove content that may incite violence. The app has been fundamentally modified to comply with Play Store guidelines. It went live on the Play Store on Friday.
Parler was also removed from Apple’s App Store after the January 2021 riots. It was reintroduced in May last year.