Google has removed the far-right social media app, Parler, from the Play Store for continuing to allow violence-inciting content in violation of the company’s policies. Google pulled the app this week that left at least five people dead. Trump supporters supported Parler as one of the apps which constantly reportedly as the prime cause for Wednesday’s riot to create violence against several political leaders.
Google already confirmed through its emailed statement, “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat,” that it has suspended the app’s existence until Parler agrees to remove the violent content from this platform.
Apple has strictly threatened to kick Parler off from the AppStore unless the company creates their measures for content moderation policies.
Apple’s threat in a statement was confirmed to Reuters on Friday by Parler CEO John Matze. according to the decision, Apple’s App Store review team quoted instances of Parler users influencing others to arm and storm Capitol Hill, as per a letter stated to Parler reviewed by the outlet.
“We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors!” wrote Matze. “We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we won’t have to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”
As per Parler’s user agreement, it states that it may terminate accounts or remove content that engages in illegal mishappenings to “infringe the legal rights of others.” The company has taken a hands-off approach to user content per their statement of being “the world’s premier free speech platform.”
You can read Google’s statement on the matter in full below:
” In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence. All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. 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”.