The social networking site Parler reopened Monday after being shut down by Apple, Google, and Amazon last month. Though the company is still not available in the Apple App Store, the site is available online and is allowing existing users to return to the platform this week. New users will be able to sign up beginning next week.
Parler was shut down following the Capitol Hill siege on January 6th. Many of the tech giants blamed the social media site for creating an environment hospitable to extremists, something its rivals have also been criticized for in the past.
The company has reemerged with a new CEO. Mark Meckler, a leading voice in the Tea Party movement, has been hired as an interim CEO replacing John Matze.
In a statement from the company, Meckler said, “Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse. Parler is being run by an experienced tema and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”
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