Parler back on Apple app store, Meckler steps down as interim, George Farmer now runs social site

Meckler says the alternative short-form social media site is "back, strong and ready to continue to lead in the fight for free speech."

Updated: May 17, 2021 - 12:01pm

Attorney and Conservative leader Mark Meckler has stepped down as interim CEO of the social media app Parler, saying his efforts to get the site back online have been accomplished, he said in a statement Monday.

Meckler's announcement came at about the same time Parler announced it is back on Apple's App Store, after the app was removed from iPhones and Android devices in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

"My mission in joining Parler was to help get the platform back up, operating and stabilized, and I am proud to say we have accomplished that," said Meckler, president of the Convention of States group and co-founder of the group Tea Party Patriots.  

Parler said its app has relaunched on Apple devices after "months of productive dialogue."

Meckler also said: "Parler is back, strong and ready to continue to lead in the fight for free speech. The work I came to accomplish at Parler has been successfully completed.

He also Parler will now be led by George Farmer, "who will lead the fight as Parler continues its growing role as the premier platform in the world for free speech, data privacy and constructive dialogue."