Parler, the Social Media app Utilized by Capitol Rioters to Rally Help, has Returned to Google Play after Reluctantly Agreeing to Extra Regulation.
Parler, a social media app popular among Republicans, far-right extremists, and conspiracy theorists who were dissatisfied with major tech firms’ moderation practices, will be reinstated to Google’s app store on Friday.
According to a spokeswoman for the social network firm, Parler agreed to implement restrictions that would eliminate specific content from its app, but that “the conversation isn’t finished” and users can view the website “as we intend it” on their PCs.
The move by Google comes more than a year after Parler was kicked off the search engine giant’s platform following the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. At the time, Google told Insider that its policies require removing posts that “incite violence” and that Parler repeatedly violated those rules.
Now, the social media company that touts itself as a “premier global free speech platform” will be stepping up its content moderation rules.
A Google spokesperson said in a statement to Insider that Parler has agreed to comply with the company’s Play app store rules, including having moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content such as posts that incite violence.
Christina Cravens, Parler’s chief marketing officer, told The Times that the company buried not-safe-for-work information and eliminated hate speech based on race, sex, and sexuality to comply with Google’s Play app store guidelines.
To comply with Google’s Play app store requirements, Parler’s chief marketing officer, Christina Cravens, told The Times that the company concealed not-safe-for-work content and removed hate speech based on race, sex, and sexuality.