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Social media site Parler said it had relaunched on Monday after a monthlong service disruption. The platform, which became popular with conservatives who accused Facebook and Twitter of censorship, was yanked from app stores by Apple and Google, and dropped by Amazon’s web hosting services because the tech giants said it failed to police posts that incited violence, in violation of their rules. The clash came after some supporters of then-President Donald Trump used Parler to plan their role in the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, aiming to overturn Trump’s election loss to President Biden. Parler’s former CEO, John Matze, said he was fired after the site was forced offline, and he accused the company of trying to censor him. Interim Parler CEO Mark Meckler said the site “is here to stay” as a “platform dedicated to free speech, privacy, and civil dialogue.” [USA Today]

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