What made Parler the fastest-growing app, why has it been pulled offline?

(Reuters) – Before Apple Inc banned Parler from its App Store on Saturday, the social media site topped the charts as the most popular free app on its App Store in the United States. After Amazon.com Inc stopped hosting its business, effectively taking the upstart social media service offline, Parler is now fighting for survival. Parler, which was founded in 2018, is a social media network which styles itself as a “free speech-driven” space. Suspensions by Apple Inc’s App Store and Alphabet Inc’s Google had already meant potential new users were unable to download the app. Disinformation researchers said far-right groups that appeared at the riot maintained a vigorous online presence on alternative platforms including Parler where they spread violent rhetoric and organized ahead of the unrest.

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