Parler is returning to Google’s app store more than 1-1/2 years after the company removed it following the U.S. Capitol riots in January 2021.

The app was launched in 2018 and styled itself as a free-speech space for those seeking an alternative to platforms such as Twitter (TWTR.N). It quickly gained traction from supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump.

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However, major tech platforms cut ties with Parler for failing to police violent content that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters.

The app is now being reinstated after it undertook a series of measures to moderate content on the platform, including features to block abusive users and remove content that could incite violence, a Google spokesperson said.

Parler has substantially modified its app to comply with Play Store’s policies and will be available for download from Friday, the spokesperson added.

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