Google removes social media app Parler, Apple threatens to do the same | NOW

Google has removed the app of the social medium Parler from its Play Store. Apple threatens to remove the app from the App Store within 24 hours. The action follows the storming of the Capitol by supporters of US President Donald Trump, after which several social media took action.

Parler was conceived as an alternative to Twitter. The social medium is mainly used as a refuge by Trump supporters, among others, who feel that they are being silenced on the mainstream social media.

Google has announced that Parler must implement a “robust” moderation system if the app is to return to the Play Store. Apple has given the social medium 24 hours to come up with a detailed moderation plan.

The storming of the Capitol is seen as the ignition of a flammable situation that raged on social media for years. Experts warned several times during Trump’s term that hate speech and disinformation on Facebook and Twitter could lead to harm and victims.

Facebook director Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Trump is not allowed to use his Facebook and Instagram account for the time being. Twitter permanently blocked Trump’s personal account from Friday to Saturday night.

Apps not allowed in app stores if violence is promoted

For its action against Parler, Google refers to its condition that apps may only be offered in the Play Store as long as violence is not promoted.

“In order to distribute an app through Google Play, we required the implementation of a robust moderation system,” Google said in a statement on Parler. “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until these issues are resolved.”

“Content that threatens the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other lawless acts has never been acceptable in the App Store,” said a letter from Apple to Parler that was viewed by news agency Reuters.

Parler founder John Matze says that as a platform, Parler is not responsible for all messages posted by users.

Removing Parler from app stores does not make the social medium completely inaccessible. The platform can still be reached via internet browsers, also on iPhones and Android phones from Apple and Google.


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