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Google Removing Parler, a popular social media app among Trump supporters, from the Google Play Store made it much more difficult for Android users to download and access the app.
Google said in a statement that social media apps require content moderation policies to remove posts that promote violence, and posts on Parler encouraged more violence after the U.S. Capitol riot earlier this week.
Removal of the app comes as violence parted by Trump supporters in the US Capital on Wednesday five dead It renewed calls on social media and technology companies to manage their platforms more closely, especially when it comes to calls to encourage violence.
twitter To be permanently banned President Donald Trump’s personal account on Friday felt that Trump’s recent tweets provoked violence, Facebook blocked Trump from being sent to the opening ceremony later this month.
Screenshots of the Parler app seen by CNBC send users calls to bring weapons to the presidential opening later this month, as well as references to the firing squad. Google said in a statement that it warned the app about its content moderation policy earlier this year.
Parler was launched in 2018 and emerged earlier this year as a pro-Trump alternative to Twitter with less content moderation. Parler CEO John Matze “We are a community town square, we are an open town square without censorship,” Said in June. “If you can sing in New York street, you can sing in Parler.”
The Google Play store is not the only way to install apps on Android phones. Users have the option to install the software manually without going through an app store, either through alternative app stores or a process called side install.
The Parler application will not be removed from the user’s phones and is accessible on the web, although there are problems while loading the website on Friday.
Parler did not immediately return a request for comment on the app store removal on Friday. Parler CEO Matze posted a message on his social network. apple It suggested on Friday that Apple plans to immediately remove the app from the app store for iPhones. An Apple representative did not immediately comment.
Here is Google’s full explanation:
“To protect user safety on Google Play, our longstanding policies require that apps that display user-generated content have moderation policies and sanctions that remove horrible content, such as posts that promote violence. We have reminded that open policy in recent months.We are aware that the Parler app continues to post on the Parler app that aims to provoke ongoing violence in the US We know that there can be reasonable discussions about content policies and it may be difficult for apps to promptly remove all violations of content, but apps are terrible for us to deploy an app via Google Play. We are enforcing robust control practices for content. In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings on the Play Store until we address these issues. “