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    Parler website is back with 'technical difficulties' update, but app remains offline

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    The platform is expected to be restored after challenges were resolved.

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    The Parler app is not back in stores.
    NEW YORK: The chief executive of social media platform Parler, popular with American right-wing users but which virtually vanished after the U.S. Capitol riot, posted a brief message on the company's website. Parler's app, however, remains offline.

    "Hello world, is this thing on?," John Matze asked in a message dated Saturday, posted above a note from the company saying the platform would be restored after challenges were resolved.

    ​Parler CEO John Matze's message on the website.​Agencies
    Parler CEO John Matze's message on the website.

    A little over a week ago, Apple Inc suspended the Parler from its App Store, shortly after Alphabet-owned Google banned it from Google Play. The app is still unavailable for download on both platforms.

    Amazon.com Inc then suspended Parler from its web hosting service, effectively taking the site offline unless it can find a new company to host its services.

    U.S. right-wing social media users have flocked to Parler, along with other apps such as Telegram and social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc, which intensified after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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