CALIFORNIA: Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday suspended Parler’s social networking app from its Play Store in order for the app to add “strong” content moderation while Apple gave the service 24 hours to provide a detailed stewardship plan.
Parler is a social network that many supporters of President Donald Trump immigrated to after being banned from services including Twitter Inc, which on Friday suspended Trump’s account permanently.
In a statement, Google cited ongoing Parler posts seeking to “incite ongoing violence in the United States.”
Google said, “In order to distribute an app via Google Play, we require apps to implement strong stewardship of explicit content. In light of this persistent and urgent threat to public safety, we are suspending app listings from the Play Store until these issues are resolved.”
In a letter from Apple’s App Store review team to Parler seen by Reuters, Apple cited cases where participants used the service to make plans to land in Washington, D.C. with weapons after a crowd stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
“Content that threatens the well-being of others or aims to incite violence or other lawless acts has not been accepted on the App Store,” Apple said in the message.
It gave Apple Parler 24 hours to “remove all objectionable content from your app … as well as any content indicating harm to people or attacks on government facilities now or at any future date.”
The company also required Parler to provide a written plan to “modify and filter this content” of the app.
Apple declined to comment.