On Friday night, Parler, a social media app popular among Trump’s loyalists and right-wingers, was removed from the Google Play Store-the internet giant alleged that Parler had not deleted “excessive content such as posts that incite violence.”
Also on Friday, Apple warned Parler, calling itself a “freedom of speech” alternative to Twitter or Facebook. If content that “encourages illegal activities” is not deleted, the app will be banned by the App Store within 24 hours. As of Saturday morning, Parler is the #1 trending app in the Apple App Store in the news category.
The move was made when Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump on the grounds that the aggrieved president would incite further violence among his supporters. Trump’s accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch and other platforms have also been blocked indefinitely or permanently after organizing and supporting the rioters who occupied the U.S. Capitol in a deadly clash with the police on January 6. .
Google said in a statement: “In order to protect the safety of users on Google Play, our long-term policy requires applications that display user-generated content to have review policies and enforcement regulations, and delete posts that incite violence. Annoying content.”
The Google Play ban has reduced Parler’s popularity, but due to Android’s open architecture, the version of the application can still be downloaded directly from the Parler website. Considering that the tech giant’s App Store is the only way to get apps for its iPhone and iPad devices, although Apple’s removal of the iOS version of Parler may be more severely hit (although users who have already installed the iOS app can still use it) After it was removed from the App Store).
In a post on the app on Friday, John Matze, the founder and CEO of Parler, condemned the behavior of the tech giants and accused them of adopting double standards. He wrote: “The standard does not apply to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple itself, but to Parler.” Matze said that Parler’s community guidelines prohibit violent speech (including “threats of violence” and “promoting immediate illegal action”), and claimed The company has always enforced these rules.
“[W]e WONT defies those politically motivated companies and those dictators who hate freedom of speech! Matze wrote. The executive said: “Most people on Parler are non-violent people who want to share their opinions, food pictures, etc. “
Matze also posted screenshots to the company in the Apple notification app, outlining “serious violations of App Store guidelines.”
Apple’s January 8 notice said: “We need to be clear that Parler is actually responsible for all user-generated content that you appear on the service and is responsible for ensuring that these content meet the App Store’s requirements for user safety and protection.” “We will not distribute applications that present dangerous and harmful content.”
Matze believes that according to Apple’s logic, Apple “must be responsible for all actions taken by mobile phone users”, including “every car bomb, every illegal mobile phone call, and all illegal crimes committed on the iPhone.” He also claimed Google did not send any explanation to Parler, explaining why it decided to ban the app before removing it from the Play Store.
Founded in 2018, Parler is proud of its laissez-faire approach, which is in stark contrast to mainstream social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to strengthen police.
Although Trump himself does not currently have an account on Parler, his son Donald Trump (Donald Trump Jr.) and Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Tucker Carr Sen (Tucker Carlson) and Representative Devin Nunis (R.Calif.)
The company said on its website: “Speak freely and express your opinions publicly, without worrying about your opinions being’eliminated’.” “Interact with real people, not with robots. Parler puts people first, focuses on privacy, and provides you with the tools you need to plan your Parler experience. “