Google pulls Parler from app shop
Google said Friday it had pulled the Parler app from its mobile store for allowing “egregious content” that could incite deadly violence like that seen at the US Capitol.
The Parler social network has become a haven for far-right personalities who say they have been censored by other social media platforms.
In order to distribute an app through Google Play, we require apps to implement robust moderation for serious content, ‘the company added, referring to the digital content store customized on Android devices.
According to the Silicon Valley internet titan, app developers whose software is available on Google Play are in line with policies and practices that incite violence.
“In light of this ongoing and urgent threat to public safety, we are suspending the list of the app from the Play Store until it addresses these issues,” Google said.
Apple has apparently warned Parler that its software could be removed from the App Store if it did not take measures to prevent users from planning illegal, violent activities on the platform, such as the deadly attack in Washington.
Conservatives who support President Donald Trump’s allegations of crime in the election have fueled a migration to alternative social media sites that did not have to filter the verified claims.
The move bolstered right-wing favorites such as Parler, Newsmax and Rumble, who rejected Facebook and Twitter’s approach to labeling and limiting the scope of conspiracy theories.
Facebook and Twitter banned Trump accounts on Friday for fear he would use them to provoke another attack like the one in the country’s capital on Wednesday.
Websites like Parler attracted Republican lawmakers as well as the Trump campaign.
As they became increasingly important to the political conversation, Twitter and Facebook struggled with manipulation and misinformation, while at the same time trying to keep their platforms open to different points of view.
Parler and similar sites have become a magnet for racist tropes, along with groups banned from other platforms for posting hateful content or promoting violence.