The social network Parler, which is popular among Donald Trump supporters, announced on Monday that it was restarted after being forced offline due to incitement to violence on the platform.
Talk, which calls itself the “social network for freedom of speech”, came under strict control after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
“Parler was created to offer a social media platform that protects freedom of speech and values privacy and civil discourse,” interim CEO Mark Meckler said in a statement.
He added that the network was determined to return, even though it was taken offline “by those who want to drown out tens of millions of Americans.”
Parler, which claims to have more than 20 million users, said it has been returned for users who already have the app. New users will not be able to access until next week.
Some users reported on Monday on other social networks that they have connection problems, including owners of Apple devices.
The attack on January 6, when Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Congress building in Washington, D.C., followed by questions about the influence of Trump and far-right groups on social media.
“Parler is led by an experienced team and he is here to stay. We will thrive as the leading social media platform dedicated to freedom of speech, privacy and civil dialogue,” Meckler said.
The Nevada-based Parler, which launched in 2018, works similarly to Twitter, with follow-up profiles and “parleys” instead of tweets.
In its early days, the platform attracted a crowd of ultra-conservative and even far-right users. He has since signed many more traditional Republican votes.
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