Amazon joins Apple, Google in blocking Parler social app

Monday, 11 Jan, 2021

It has claimed to have "gained more users in the past two days than we did in our first two years of existing". For example, Google requires that apps with user-generated content "implement robust, effective and ongoing UGC moderation", while Apple requires that apps with user-generated content include "a mechanism to report offensive content and timely responses to concerns". Apple also booted Parler from App Store, after giving it 24 hours to submit a detailed content moderation plan. A number of other providers such as Twilio, which provides text message authentication, and ZenDesk, whose software handles customer service queries, also suspended Parler's accounts.

"W$3 e can not provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others", the email added. Reddit, Shopify, and Discord booted channels supporting Trump.

"Your CEO was quoted recently saying "But I don't feel responsible for any of this and neither should the platform, considering we're a neutral town square that just adheres to the law".

Parler became popular among the President's supporters as his Twitter account was permanently removed Friday.

Launched in 2018, Parler was actively accused by many users for transmitting false information about the coronavirus.

Google and Apple banned the Parler app from their app stores this week also for violating policies by failing to remove violent content.

Parler's chief executive John Matze had said the company planned to resume service within a week after being dropped by Amazon, but has now admitted that the wave of rejections, and thwarted efforts to find new providers, mean it might not be able to recover. He called it a coordinated attack. The company's CEO, John Matze, took to Parler to complain that the app was being unfairly targeted by companies like Apple and Google in ways that Twitter and Facebook were not. He said Parler could be unavailable for a week "as we rebuild from scratch".

Apple has suspended an online platform described as a "free speech" Twitter clone from its App Store in the wake of deadly riots at the US Capitol.

Since Wednesday's madness, Parler users applauded the rioter's attempted coup.

Parler failed to moderate any content related to that, even though as per its community guidelines, it was not supposed to be used as a tool for "crime, civil torts or other unlawful acts". This morning, you shared that you have a plan to more proactively moderate violent content, but plan to do so manually with volunteers.

"We will remove reported member content that a reasonable and objective observer would believe constitutes or evidences such activity".