Google said today that it has banned the use of the Parler application from the Google Play Store, “to protect user safety.” Today, Buzzfeed received an email from Apple to Parler, giving them 24 hours to “delete all objectionable Content” and submit the “requested moderate improvement plan” or faces cut off by the Apple Store.
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All Alphabet Google spokespersons issued the following statement:
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“In order to protect the safety of users on Google Play, our long-term policy requires that apps displaying user-generated content must have review policies and enforcement measures to remove objectionable content (such as posts that incite violence). All developers do Agreeing to these terms, we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We are aware that there are ongoing posts in the Parler app designed to incite continued violence in the United States. We recognize that there is a content policy debate It may be reasonable, and it may be difficult for the application to remove all the offending content immediately, but for us, to distribute the application through Google Play, we do require the application to implement a strong review of the shocking content. In view of the ongoing emergency public Security threats, we will suspend the release of the app’s products from the Play Store until these issues are resolved.”
The Buzzfeed report stated that Apple told Parler executives in a letter that the technology giant “received many complaints about objectionable content in your Parler service, accusing the Parler app of being used to plan, coordinate and Promote illegal activities in Washington, DC on January 6, which resulted in (especially) casualties, property damage, and property damage. In 2021, the app seems to continue to be used to plan and promote further illegal and dangerous activities.”
Apple added that Parler must “submit a moderate improvement plan within 24 hours from the date of news.” It was Friday morning.
On Thursday, Parler CEO John Matze blasted Twitter for suspending President Donald Trump’s account. Matze wrote in an article on his website: “The timid dictator on Twitter drove 12 hours for President Trump on Twitter. What a coward.”
Today, according to Buzzfeed, Matze responded to Google’s Parler ban as follows: “We will not succumb to pressure from anti-competitors! We will always enforce the rules against violent and illegal activities. However, we are unwilling to tell those who The politically motivated companies and the dictators who hate freedom of speech give in!”