As first announced by famous Axios reporter, Ashley Gold, Google has recently pulled popular free speech social network, Parler out from the Play Store. Buwanews went on to verified that the app was no longer in the Google Play store.
In a complete statement, reported by The Verge, Google said the following;
“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence. All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. We recognize that there can be 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.”
According to reports, the free speech social network was unable to respond to a request for comment immediately.
On the flipside, BuzzFeed News confirmed on Friday evening that Apple sent Parler an ultimatum to copy its app or be deleted sometime on Saturday. However, on Apple’s App Store, the app is still available.
For the most part, the service, known for having less moderation and as a conservative-friendly alternative to other social media sites, has been under pressure from both Google and Apple to disable it. The pressure comes two days after a pro-Trump protest, incited by President Trump, invaded the Capitol. Twitter had permanently suspended Trump on Friday night, while Facebook imposed a “indefinite” ban on Trump’s account.