Google ‘suspending’ Parler from platform

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Launched in 2018, Parler brands itself an "unbiased" platform.

Apple and Google were both seeking updates to Parler's moderation policies.

Apple has requested of Parler that it should improve its moderation policies and remove objectionable content or face removal from the App Store within the next 24 hours (via Input Mag). Google has already banned the application, as the listing is no longer available on Google Play.

Google said, "For us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content". All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months.

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"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". Because Android allows for third-party app stores, Parler can still be hosted on app stores not operated by Google.

On Thursday, Trump was banned from social media platforms Facebook and Instagram before Twitter placed a permanent suspension on his account Friday.

In a post to his own service, Parler CEO John Matze accused Apple of applying a double standard to larger services like Facebook and Twitter.

One of the most interesting days in the world of tech.

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Again, at this point we don't even know if Apple is going to remove Parler from the App Store. The app - a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-right - has faced renewed scrutiny for its role in the planning of the attacks.

"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", Apple said in the letter. "Apparently they believe Parler is responsible for ALL user generated content on Parler", he wrote in a Friday post.

He added in a text message to Reuters, "Coordinating riots, violence and rebellions has no place on social media". The email also says, "We won't distribute apps that present unsafe and harmful content".

Mr Matze said Parler had "no way to organise anything" and pointed out that Facebook groups and events had been used to organise action.

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"As well, we're asking Amazon, AWS, if they will continue to do business with an app that features posts that openly call for killing members of the government". "Therefore (sic) by the same logic, Apple must be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones". He argues that this app is no more responsible for what users say than Apple is for the use of iPhones in criminal acts. But we WONT cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!

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