Google stopped the social networking application Parler from its Play Store until the popular platform among many supporters of Donald Trump added “stable” moderation of the content.
Because Twitter stopped the US president’s account permanently because of the risk of further incitement to violence, “the search engine said it blocked Parler, and Apple gave the service 24 hours to present a detailed moderation plan.
Parler is a social network that many Trump supporters have migrated to after being banned from platforms such as Twitter. Plans for protests in Washington, which ended with the storming of the Capitol this week, were widespread in Parler.
The actions of the two Silicon Valley companies mean that Parler may become unavailable for new downloads in the world̵
Parler CEO John Matze said in publications in his office on Friday that Apple applies standards to Parler, that it does not apply to itself and companies attack civil liberties. He added in a text message to Reuters: “Coordination of riots, violence and riots has no place on social media.”
Hopefully right-wing social media users in the United States flock to Parler, the Telegram messaging app and social site Gab, citing the more aggressive police management of political commentary on major platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.
In shutting down the service, Google, whose software runs Android phones, cited its policy against anti-violence apps and gave recent examples from Parler, including Friday’s post, which began: “How do we get our country back? About 20 or More Coordinated Hits and another promoting the “Million Militia March” in Washington.
In a statement, Google said that “in order to distribute an application through Google Play, we require applications to apply robust moderation for admirable content. In light of this ongoing and urgent threat to public safety, we are stopping the Play Store application lists * until we address these issues. ”
In a letter from Apple’s App Store review team to Parler saw, Apple quoted participants in the crowd storming the US Capitol building on Wednesday.
“Content that endangers the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other illegal acts has never been acceptable in the App Store,” the letter said.
Apple has given Parler 24 hours to “remove all unwanted content from your application … as well as any content relating to human harm or attacks on government facilities now or at any future date.”
The company also asked Parler to provide a written plan “to moderate and filter this content” from the app.
Apple declined to comment.
Matze, who describes himself as a libertarian, founded Parler in 2018 as an alternative to “free speech” on major platforms, but began courting right-leaning users as prominent Trump supporters moved there.
Among those who joined were commentator Candice Owens, Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and right-wing activist Laura Lower, who was handcuffed to the door of Twitter’s New York office in 2018 to protest the site’s ban. In November, Conservative activist Rebecca Mercer confirmed that she and her family, including her father and hedge fund investor Robert Mercer, had secured funding for Parler.
Matze told Apple: “Obviously, they believe that Parler is responsible for ALL user-generated content on Parler. By the same token, Apple should be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Apple must also be responsible for every car bomb, every illegal cell phone call, every illegal crime committed with an iPhone. “