Internet giant Google has suspended US microblogging platform Parler – where most supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump are moving their base – from its app store, citing posts that incite violence and calling for “robust” moderation for “sensational” content from the social networking service. At the same time, Apple Parler also warned on Friday that it will ban the service from its app store if it doesn’t start moderating its content better.
The move by the two Silicon Valley companies came on the day Twitter he permanently suspended Trump’s account for “risk of further incitement to violence”.
“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require apps that display user-generated content to have moderation and enforcement policies that remove excessive content such as points that incite violence. All developers accept these terms and in recent months we have reminded Parler of this clear policy, “Google said in a statement.
“We recognize that there can be a reasonable debate on content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all infringing content, but in order to distribute an app through Google Play, we require apps to implement robust moderation for excessive content. , “he said. “In light of this continuing and urgent threat to public safety, we are discontinuing the app from the Play Store until it fixes these problems, ”said Google, whose software supports Android phones.
Parler has a significant user base of Trump supporters and conservatives.
Apple In a statement he said he had received numerous complaints regarding questionable content in the Parler service, allegations that the app had been used to plan, coordinate and facilitate illegal activities in Washington DC on Jan.6 that led to (among other things) the death, numerous injuries and destruction of property.
“The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate further illegal and dangerous activities,” the company said.
Parler CEO John Matze in a post disputed Applela’s position.
“Apparently they believe that Parler is responsible for ALL user-generated content on Parler. By the same logic, Apple must be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed in a file iPhone, Apple he must also be responsible, “he said.
“We will not give in to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will always apply our rules against violence and illegal activities. But let’s NOT give in to politically motivated companies and authoritarians who hate free speech! “He said.
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- At the same time, Apple Parler also warned on Friday that it will ban the service from its app store if it doesn’t start moderating its content better. The move by the two Silicon Valley companies came on the day Twitter Trumps account permanently suspended due to the risk of further incitement to violence.To protect the safety of users on Google Play, our long-standing policies require apps that display user-generated content to have moderation and enforcement policies that remove the striking contents such as the points that incite violence.
- Google suspends Parler from Play Store; Apple threatens to ban it