The Parler social network Android app has been reinstated in the Google Play Store, 18 months after it was taken down.
Just two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, the Play Store removed Parler, a social network designed as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, making it harder for Android users to install. . Parler’s key differentiator at the time – and part of what made the app appealing to its users – was the service’s much more relaxed moderation policies.
At the time of removal, this policy was precisely what Google’s Play Store team cited as the reason for the removal of Parler’s Android app. In the 18 months since that removal, Parler users had to manually download the Android app, while Apple fully reinstated the social network’s iOS app in May 2021. Apple’s decision last year The latter was based on Parler’s assurance that they would detect and moderate hate speech.
Today, more than a year after Apple reintegrated Parler into its App Store, the Play Store gave its approval for Parler to be readily available again on Android, even in the same location as its original listing. The new listing lists August 28 as Parler’s latest update, and the company says it’s a “new version” of the Android app, bringing it in line with the iOS version.
We are back! This is a new version of the Talking app for Google Play with all the same features available on iOS. Subscribe, read Parleys, create your own, comment, upvote and echo. We look forward to everyone speaking freely with us!
In a statement given to AxiosGoogle points to Play Store policy to allow any app that follows the platform’s policies and guidelines, including the requirement that content be moderated.
As we’ve been saying for a long time, apps can appear on Google Play as long as they comply with Play’s Developer Policies.
— Google spokesperson
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