Google Removes Parler App
For those who are hearing this app first time, Parler is a social media network similar to Twitter that is common in the U.S. with the right-wing. The service is uncensored and has drawn millions of followers as consumers clamped down by popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Following the January 6 riot, Parler was scrutinized for hosting user-generated posts that Google and Apple found to breach the laws of their respective sites. For instance, Google needs user-generated content apps to “implement robust, effective, and continuous UGC moderation,” whereas Apple requires user-generated content apps.
Apple has threatened to delete the app from the App Store within 24 hours, said Parler Chief Executive John Matze, unless Parler introduces more strict moderation procedures. On the other hand, Google has gone ahead and immediately pulled the Parler app from the Play Store.
The app has also been delisted from the Play Store as Google cites an “ongoing and urgent threat to public safety” that they believe results from the lack of “robust moderation of egregious content” by Parler.
Here is what Google said,
“We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S. We recognize that there can be a 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.” – Google spokesperson.
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