- Parler is accused to facilitate, plan, and coordinate vandalism in the city that carried out the burning of public properties, loss of life, severe injuries, ablaze, and many other forms of violence
After thousands of agitated supporters of Donald Trump created mayhem in the White House, top social media networking sites removed Trump’s account indefinitely. Now, Google has taken out the United States-based microblogging platform Parler from PlayStore where most of the angry supporters are joining after the Cupertino tech giant removed the social media site from the app store, stating that the posts were calling for violence and posing a threat to the security of the country.
Before exiting, Trump has been undertaking tough decisions, which could be harmful to the country in the long run and it will surely augment the tensions between the US and China on several grounds, feels experts. Upcoming President Joe Biden has the authority to change the decisions, but it has to be done constitutionally and it is not that easy to amend an order. Moreover, there is also a doubt among the political think-tanks that whether Biden would change the acts or not.
After violence broke out in the capital, Twitter and Facebook immediately removed Trump’s account and stated it is done due to the “risk of further incitement of violence”.
Google’s official statement reads,” 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 spots that incite violence. All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months.”
Apple’s spokesperson mentioned that had started receiving numerous complaints on posts that were urging for violence, and in fact, there are widespread accusations that the app was utilized to facilitate the plan, and coordinate vandalism in the city that carried out burning of public properties, loss of life, severe injuries, ablaze, and many other forms of violence.
“The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities,” the company said.
Parler’s CEO John Matze said, “Apparently they believe Parler is responsible for ALL user-generated content on Parler. By the same logic, Apple must be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple must also be responsible for.”
“We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we won’t cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!” he said.