Google removes Parler from app store, Apple threatens to do same


British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who moved to Parler after he was banned from Twitter in 2016, has fallen out of the public eye since and said in 2018 he was struggling financially.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the developers of Parler, Apple said it will pull the app in 24 hours if it does not get a plan to moderate the service more.

Apple has reportedly threatened to remove Parler from its App Store unless the social networking company changes its content moderation policies. Google has already banned the application, as the listing is no longer available on Google Play.

In a statement given to Politico, Google says that they have a longstanding policy in place that requires apps that have user-generated content to have a moderation policy and enforcement that removes anything egregious, like a post that could incite violence.

Parler has been the source of much criticism and scrutiny in recent months, in large part due to the lax moderation policies it has.

After Google announced it was banning Parler, an alternative social media network, from its app store for inciting violence in Washington, CEO John Matze late Friday said the ban was "a terrible way to handle this".

In a letter from Apple's App Store review team to Parler seen by Reuters, Apple cited participants of the mob storming the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.

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After the United States presidential election in November, Trump supporters flocked to alternative social networks, including Parler, to plan election protests after Facebook and other sites banned groups that pushed debunked conspiracy theories.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Parler is one of the hottest apps in the world, a social network that has attracted millions of conservatives over the past year with its hands-off approach to policing users' posts.

Both Apple and Google have currently come under the pressure to remove the particular app, which is now known for having even less moderation as well as coming across as a certain conservative-friendly alternative to the other social media platforms.

With social media having such an iron grip on modern American society, it often serves as a battleground for political debates and arguments.

Parler's chief executive John Matze had previously refused to take any responsibility for fomenting the violent attack that left 5 people dead, claiming that Parler is "a neutral town square that just adheres to the law". Screenshots of individuals calling for "firing squads" and threatening an armed response to Joe Biden's inauguration have been circulating on Twitter, along with calls for Apple and Google to ban the app. Twitter, meanwhile, removed thousands of conspiracy theory accounts and right-wing influencers on Friday-at the same time Matze was complaining that Parler was not being given fair treatment. "We won't distribute apps that present unsafe and harmful content".

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