Following the events of last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump in Washington D.C., the microblogging and social networking platform Parler has faced increasing scrutiny from big tech companies in recent days.
Late last week and into the weekend, Google, Apple and Amazon have each suspended or banned Parler from their app stores and web-hosting services citing various reasons such as inciting violence or failing to curb such online discussion.
On Friday, Google was the first major company to take action against the free-speech social platform that has gained notoriety in recent years as a haven for online personalities that have been banned by mainstream platforms, including many conservative, far-right or alt-right users who have flocked to Parler since it was launched in mid-2020.
About the ban, Google said its reasoning for removing Parler from the Google Play Store stems from its policy on apps displaying user-generated content to have moderation in place to prevent violent rhetoric from spreading.
A Google spokesperson said, “We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S. We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content. In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”
Although Android allows third-party app stores to continue hosting Parler, meaning users can still access the app, the ban is a major blow to its accessibility, and merely the first of the platform’s challenges from tech companies in the wake of recent events.
On Saturday, Apple followed suit by similarly suspending Parler from the App Store for its role in hosting violent…
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