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Parler will join the Google Play Store following changes to its content moderation

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Parler, the social media platform frequented by many conservatives, is being restored to the Google App Store following what Google said are substantial changes to the app’s content moderation practices. .

Speak will again be available for download through the Google Play Store on Friday, Google (GOOG (GOOG)) said in a statement. The app had been suspended following the Jan. 6 Capitol riots over concerns it harbored incitement and threats of violence; At the time, Parler lacked key content moderation systems, including ways for users to report objectionable content and the ability to remove users who violated the app’s terms of service, said Google.

Since then, Parler has added the missing tools and improved its content moderation, paving the way for its return to Google’s official app marketplace, Google said.

“As we’ve said for a long time, apps can appear on Google Play as long as they follow Play’s developer policies,” a Google spokesperson said. “All apps on Google Play that feature user-generated content (UGC) are required to implement robust moderation practices that prohibit objectionable content, provide an in-app system for reporting objectionable UGC, take action against such UGC as appropriate and remove or block abusive content users who violate the app’s terms of service and/or usage policy.”

Parler’s restoration was first reported by Axios.

Parler said on Friday it had worked “continuously” in recent months to upgrade its systems, adding that it was restored to Apple’s App Store more than a year ago. Android users, meanwhile, were able to install Parler directly from its website – a process known as “sideloading” – but not by downloading it from Google’s proprietary app store. .

“We’re thrilled that Parler is back on Google Play as a native app so Android users no longer have to sideload,” said Samuel Lipoff, Parler’s chief technology officer, in a statement. communicated. “While we were away from Google Play, we worked diligently to create a more feature-rich and dynamic user experience. Now is the perfect time to join Parler and rediscover the non-partisan platform where we empower people to express freely!

The decision to restore Parler comes days after Google said Truth Social, a Twitter-like app backed by former President Donald Trump, failed to meet the platform’s standards for content moderation and could not not be offered on the Google Play Store.

A person familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday that Truth Social is “very actively” working to improve its moderation systems to comply with Google’s requirements and aims to submit a new version of the app for review within days or weeks. .