Parler Back up After Social Media Platform Shut Down for Over a Month

Social media platform Parler has relaunched after being taken offline in January following the storming of the United States Capitol.

On Monday, the platform, which billed itself as the "world's #1 free speech social media platform," announced via a press release that it was officially relaunching built on "sustainable independent technology" and not being reliant on "Big Tech" for its operations.

The relaunch is available to Americans "of all viewpoints" immediately, according to the company's statement. The Parler website now appears to be functioning, whereas previously it simply directed to a holding page.

"Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse," Mark Meckler, interim CEO at Parler, said in a statement. "When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever. We're thrilled to welcome everyone back.

"Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue."

Google removed Parler from its app store on January 8 because of continued posting on the Platform that "seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S."

"We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.

"In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app's listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues," Google said in a statement.

Subsequently, Apple pulled Parler from its store, accusing the platform of not doing enough to address "threats of violence" and illegal activity. Finally, Amazon kicked the company off its web-hosting service for repeated violations of Amazon's terms of service regarding a "steady increase" in violent content.

According to Parler's statement, only existing users will be able to use the relaunched site for the first week. New users will be able to sign up after this time.

This is breaking news story has been updated with additional information.

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A person holds a phone showing the logo for the social media platform Parler, in Lafayette, California, on January 21, 2021. The site was back up on Monday after being shut down for over a month. Getty