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Independent Technology: Parler rightwing social network to re-launch after being shut over US Capitol riot

Independent Technology: Parler rightwing social network to re-launch after being shut over US Capitol riot

Parler, a social media platform favored by the US conservatives was re-launched on Monday. It had virtually vanished after the US Capitol riot. After more than a month without service, the social-media app Parler has returned online. Over the scandals linked to the US Capitol riot, the app was removed from Google and Apple’s app stores.
Parler is favored among the supporters of former US President Trump and right wing ideologists.
The Twitter-like website said it had named Mark Meckler as its interim chief executive in a statement announcing a relaunch on February 15. Meckler will succeed John Matze, who was fired by the board earlier this month over the uproar over the Capitol attack.
“What Parler’s really about is being a public square, and a public square is where anybody can come, they can say what they want as long as it’s legal, and Donald Trump hasn’t said anything illegal, as far as I’m aware. He certainly didn’t on Twitter, didn’t on Facebook [or] any of the other places that he was banned,” Meckler said in an interview.

Independent Technology: Parler rightwing social network to re-launch after being shut over US Capitol riot

Parler Glitch: Users complain on Twitter

Parler users who were unable to log in to their accounts, took to Twitter, to complain about the problem. Few others, however, have been able to log into their current accounts. Parler also reported that it had more than 20 million users. It also recently said that in the first week it will put its existing users back online and be available to new users from next week.

After being cut off by major service providers that accused the application of failing to regulate the violent material that was posted on the site linked to Trump’s supporters’ deadly January 6 riot, Parler had gone dark.

Independent Technology: Parler rightwing social network to re-launch after being shut over US Capitol riot

What is Parler?

The social media platform was founded in 2018 promoting ‘free speech’. It had attracted a large crowd of conservatives who opposed the rules of other social media platforms. The app was founded by Matze and Jared Thomson. The idea behind Parler was to provide its user transparency, ideological expression and no abuse of its user’s privacy.

Parler is similar to Twitter. One can follow other accounts. Keep a tab of news in their feeds. Against Twitter’s 280 character limit, on Parler one can use upto 1,000 characters. Parler also lets you upload GIFs, memes and photos. One can also search for hashtags. Parler has a feature called “echo,” that acts like the Twitter retweet button. There is an upvote icon that resembles “liking” a post. As with most social networks, to sign up for an account, one has to be at least 13 years old.

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