Talking social media app returns to Google Play Store

FILE – In this January 10, 2021 file photo, the website of social media platform Parler is shown in Berlin.Christophe Gateau/Associated Press

Parler, a social media app popular with American conservatives, is returning to the Google App Store more than a year and a half after the Alphabet Inc-owned company took it down following the US Capitol riots in January 2021.

The app was launched in 2018 and bills itself as a space for free speech for those looking for an alternative to platforms such as Twitter. He quickly gained traction with supporters of former US President Donald Trump.

However, major tech platforms severed ties with Parler for failing to police the violent content that led to the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters.

The app is now back on track after taking a series of steps to moderate content on the platform, including features to block abusive users and remove content that could incite violence, a spokesperson for the app said. Google.

Parler has significantly modified its app to comply with Play Store policies and will be available for download from Friday, the spokesperson added.

Talking did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

To be sure, Parler had made its app available for Android phones through a separate version that could be downloaded from its website after it was removed from the Play Store.

Apple Inc reinstated the app on its App Store in May last year.

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