App Stores Ban Parler Use Over Violent Content Surrounding Capitol Attack

Amazon, Apple and Google have banned the use of social networking site – Parler from their respective services and app stores following Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol.

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Apple’s move comes after Google removed Parler’s Android app from its Play Store on Friday, saying social networking was banned until the Parler improved moderation. PHOTO via @CNET

Amazon, Apple and Google have banned the use of social networking site – Parler from their respective services and app stores following Wednesday’s attack on the US Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. 

  • Amazon, Apple, Google ban Parler use over violent content surrounding Capitol attack.
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Even before the attack on the Capitol, the Parler was abuzz with violent comments.

Parler CEO John Matze announced late on Saturday  that Amazon was no longer helping to host its app on its Amazon web services sites.

Following Apple and Google’s earlier announcements, the move will also pull the app out of their respective app stores.

“This is a concerted attack by technology companies to kill competition in the marketplace,” Matze said in his post, adding that his use of his site has become “very fast and successful” without discussing relatively few moderate rules or extremists. It was used to plan the Capitol Hill riots .

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He did not notice the growing concerns on social media that he would be involved in planning another attack  in the coming weeks. Amazon and Parler did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple said in a statement  on Saturday that it had failed to properly comply with police content posted by Parler users.

Apple “always supports representation in the App Store, but there is no room for violent threats and illegal activity on our platform,” the company said in a statement.

“The Parler has not taken sufficient action to address these growing threats to public safety. We have suspended the Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved.”

The App Store is the only way to distribute apps to iPhones, so deportation is a serious challenge to online services. However, they can often be achieved through websites.

Apple’s move comes after Google removed Parler’s Android app from its Play Store on Friday, saying social networking was banned until the Parler improved moderation.

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“We are aware of the continuing posting in Parler usage that seeks to incite violence in the United States,” Google said in a statement Friday.

“We know that there can be a fair discussion of content policies and that it’s hard for apps to remove all infringing content immediately, but in order to distribute an app through Google Play, apps need to implement strong moderate processing for optimal content.”

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