Parler app removed from Google Play Store for lack of content moderation

Ruben Fields
January 26, 2021

Parler, a "free speech" social media app, has been removed from the Google Play Store.In a statement, Google said Parler had not done enough to "implement robust moderation for egregious content."Apple has also warned Parler to put in better moderation or its iOS app will be removed from Apple's app store. As you know from prior conversations with App Review, Apple requires apps with user generated content to effectively moderate to ensure objectionable, potentially harmful content is filtered out", Apple told Parler, according to BuzzFeed News, adding: "Content that threatens the well being of others or is meant to incite violence or other lawless acts has never been acceptable on the App Store".

In addition to Parler, right-leaning social media users in the United States have flocked to messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc. It was greatly affected by the moderation of the contentTrump camp that continues to make extremist statementsSo under Parler who believes in moderationPresident Trump's supporters are ferventIt has become something.

"We're aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US", Google said in a response to an AFP inquiry.

A spokesperson of Google was quoted as saying that the suspension is in line with the company's policy requiring social media apps displaying user-generated content to have moderation policies.

Social media has been awash with controversy in recent days, with Donald Trump permanently suspended from Twitter following the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters.

Thank you for your response regarding risky and harmful content on Parler. While there is no ideal system to prevent all unsafe or hateful user content, apps are required to have robust content moderation plans in place to proactively and effectively address these issues.

The tech tyrants at Apple have pulled the app from their App Store.

After these moves, Apple is asking Parler to remove the offensive content, leaving content related to the Capitol attack on the platform as is.

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"We recognize that there can be a reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be hard for apps to immediately remove all violative content".

Apple followed though on its warning to remove Parler from the App Store this weekend.

"We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity".

Parler is touted as a free speech alternative, allowing posts that include conspiracy theories, threats and hate speech, among other things, to remain on the platform.

The effort to scrape Parler's website to download and archive posts, including image files that can be tied to geographic locations, has instilled some fear in Parler users.

Matze has characterized the decision as "an attempt to completely remove free speech off the internet".

As a result, services like Facebook, Twitch, and Shopify quickly blocked President Trump's account indefinitely ...

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