Google Blacklists Parler App from Play Store

Monday, 11 Jan, 2021

Membership on Parler had surged in recent months, attracting 8 million users as of November, and the platform soared to the App Store's top 10 free apps.

Apple threatens to remove Parler after users on the platform call for violence.

The Apple ban on Saturday came one day after the firm issued a warning to Parler, giving the platform 24 hours to address the issue.

However, Google stated that it requires apps that display user generated content to have moderation policies in place in order to prevent the spread of violent rhetoric.

Amazon struck another blow on Saturday, informing Parler it would need to look for a new web-hosting service effective midnight Sunday. Earlier this week, Apple and Google removed Parler's app from their stores for smartphone downloads, similarly citing concerns that posts on Parler could contribute to violence.

"Displaying the disgusting double standard Apple and their big tech pack apply to the community", Matze said.

With Apple giving Parler an ultimatum, it is still to be seen as to whether the app will choose to abide and give in to Apple's demands when it comes to its filtering its content.

"Apple will be banning Parler until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become a surveillance platform by pursuing guilt of those who use Parler before innocence", Matze wrote.

Google, in its announcement Friday that it was suspending Parler, said that Parler must demonstrate "robust" content moderation if it wants to get back in the store. According to an analysis by CNBC, this marks a solid growth for the App Store since the estimated increase between 2018 and 2019 was only 3.1 percent.

The founder of Parler, John Matz, confirmed on his profile that there was a possibility the network would be unavailable "for up to a week" as it searches for a new host.

While the president does not now have an active account on Parler, perhaps he may soon-that is, if he has already downloaded it. Trump has been temporarily suspended from Facebook, Snapchat and Twitch and, on Friday, Twitter permanently banned him from its platform, which has been instrumental in his political career and presidency.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple has banned the social media app Parler from the App Store for failing to remove content that promotes violence. The app - a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-right - has faced renewed scrutiny for its role in the planning of the attacks. "The community disagrees as we hit number 1 on their store today", he wrote. "We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business", Matze said.