Google said its app store has long required apps that display user-generated content to develop appropriate regulatory policies to prevent the spread of violent speech.
A Google spokesperson said: “We are aware of continuing to post in the Parler app in an attempt to incite continued violence in the United States.” “We recognize that the content policy debate is reasonable and the app may have difficulty removing all violations immediately. Content, but for us to distribute apps through Google Play, we do require apps to conduct a robust review of bad content. In view of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we will suspend the list of apps in the Play Store until it’s resolved These questions stop.”
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The decision marks a major blow to supporters of President Donald Trump, many of whom have found a home on the Parler platform. But this does not completely deny them access to the application. Since Android allows third-party application stores, Parler can still be hosted in application stores not operated by Google.
Google’s decision was made before BuzzFeed News reported that Apple threatened to remove Parler from the iOS App Store. (Apple declined to comment on this report.)
Parler is one of a group of relatively new platforms that claim to be alternatives to free speech, hoping to attract conservatives who believe that larger platforms are censoring their views.
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On the same night, Twitter banned President Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account on its social network, and Google Play was suspended. This move effectively separated Trump from his favorite social network, which he used to bypass traditional media and communicate his message to his tens of millions of followers during his presidency.
A day ago, Facebook and Instagram banned Trump’s account from retaining at least the remainder of his tenure, and may publish it “indefinitely” after the riots in the US Capitol. Other large platforms, including Twitch and Snapchat, also blocked the president’s account. The e-commerce platform Shopify has closed stores run by the Trump campaign and the Trump Organization.
Kaya Yurieff and Sara O’Brien of CNN Business contributed to this story.
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