Although not well known in Portugal, the social network Parler has grown in recent months. Its main source of new users is supporters of Donald Trump, who, being blocked on other social networks, find here a stage for the free exchange of ideas.
With a basic idea that eliminates any control and encourages freedom of expression, Parler now has a problem at hand. Your app has been removed from the Android Play Store and has an urgent Apple ultimatum.
Parler, a social network without moderation
One of the virtual locations where the Capitol invaders came together to plan was Parler. In this social network they discussed the different ways to approach the demonstration and what measures to take to get their voice heard.
The exchange of ideas took on alarming proportions and which prompted some warnings. There were several complaints that appeared on Twitter and that show that the lack of moderation in this social network is something worrying and essential.
- David 'cyberdunk' Ruddock (@ RDRv3) January 8, 2021
Google removed this app from the Play Store
It was precisely on the basis of this principle and the type of speech present that Google took a stand. Removed the Parler app from the Android Play Store, thereby blocking access for new users. Other repositories followed the same way.
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.
In its arguments for this decision, Google claimed that it only intends to protect its users and that its rules are observed. Parler has published content that incites violence and has shown no control or moderation.
Apple gives ultimatum to Trump supporters' network
At the same time, Apple also took a position, albeit more benevolent. It gave Parler 24 hours to implement the necessary control and moderation measures that the App Store rules require.
Parler was launched in 2018 and quickly became a popular social network for right-wing activists and politicians, especially those banned by Twitter and Facebook. It grew in popularity after the U.S. presidential elections, in response to fact checking on Twitter and Facebook in publications by Donald Trump and other Republicans.