Right-wing social media app Parler back online

Parler, a social media app popular with American right-wing groups, re-launched on Monday.

The Twitter-like app was cut off by major service providers last month after the deadly U.S. Capitol Riot.

Parler was accused of failing to police violent content related to the attack, prompting Google and Apple to ban it from their app stores.

Amazon then suspended it from its web hosting service, effectively taking it offline.

In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler said its new platform cut its reliance on 'Big Tech' for its operations.

Mark Meckler was also announced as interim Chief Executive, replacing John Matze who was fired this month.

Meckler said: 'Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay.'

Parler said it would bring its current users back online in the first week of re-launching and would be open to new users the following week.

Founded in 2018, Parler styles itself as a space for free speech and claims it once had over 20 million users..

It largely attracts U.S. conservatives who disagree with rules around content on other social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

It's backed by hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and conservative commentator Dan Bongino.

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- Parler, a social media app popular with American right-wing groups, relaunched on Monday. The Twitter-like app was cut off by major server providers last month after the deadly US Capitol riot. Parler was accused of failing to police violent content related to the attack, prompting Google and Apple to ban it from their app stores. Amazon then suspended it from it's web hosting service, effectively taking it offline.

In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler said its new platform cut its reliance on big tech for its operations. Mark Meckler was also announced as interim Chief Executive, replacing John Matze, who was fired this month. Meckler said, quote, "Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay."

Parler said it would bring its current users back online in the first of relaunch and will be open to new users the following week. Founded in 2018, Parler stars itself as a space for free speech and claims it once had over 20 million users. It largely attracts US conservatives who disagree with rules around content on other social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. It's backed by hedge fund investor Robert Mercer and conservative commentator Dan Bongino.