Apple pointed to participants using Parler to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol building.
Alphabet’s Google on Friday suspended the Parler social networking service from its App Store, citing post-violence incitement and calls for “strong” content moderation by several supporters of US President Donald Trump from the app.
Apple on Friday gave the service 24 hours and presented a detailed moderation plan, indicating participants who wanted to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol Building.
The actions by the two Silicon Valley companies mean that a network seen as a haven for people fired from Twitter may not be available for new downloads at the world’s main mobile phone app stores within a day. It will still be available in mobile browsers.
Right-leaning social media users in the United States have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram and hands-off social site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Twitter permanently suspended President Trump’s account on Friday.
In suspending the service, Google, whose software powers Android phones, cited its policy against apps that promote violence and gave recent examples from Parler, including “Friday how we get back to our country Contains? About 20 or so coordinated hits ”? And another promoting the “Million Militia March” over Washington.
Parler’s Chief Executive Officer John Mattez said in a post on Friday that Apple was applying the standard to Parler that it does not apply to itself.
In a statement, Google stated that “for us to deliver an application through Google Play, we require that strong moderation be applied to apps for incompatible content. In view of this constant and immediate public security threat, We are suspending app listings from Play. Store until it addresses these issues. “
In a letter from Apple’s App Store Review team seen by Reuters, the parlor said, Apple on Wednesday cited crowd participants at the US Capitol Building.
“Content that threatens the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other chaotic acts on the App Store has never been accepted,” Apple said in the letter.
Apple gave Parler 24 hours “to remove all objectionable content from its app … as well as to attack any content or government facilities to harm people or at any future date.” The company also demanded that Parler submit a written plan “to moderate and filter this content” from the app.
Apple declined to comment.
Mattez, who describes himself as libertarian, established Parler as a “free-speech-driven” alternative to mainstream platforms in 2018, but began leaving right-leaning users as key supporters of Trump.
Those who have joined include commentator Candace Owens, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, and right-wing activist Laura Lomlor, who handcuffed herself to Twitter’s New York office door in November 2018 to protest the site’s ban against her . In November, conservative activist Rebekah Mercer confirmed that she and her family, including her father and hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer, provided funding to Parley.
“Clearly they believe that Parler is responsible for all user-created content on Parler,” Matze said. “According to the same (logic), Apple should be responsible for all actions taken by its phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple should also be responsible for needed.” . “The standards do not apply to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple itself, apply to parlors.”