Apple kicks Parler off its app store

Google also decided on Friday to remove the platform from the Play Store because it did not address posts that encouraged violence. The companies’ decision to pull the platform came just days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol and threats of similar actions increased on the premises ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Apple had on Friday Parler given 24 hours Buzzfeed reported to implement a moderation plan for its content. In a letter to the website on Saturday, however, Apple wrote that Parler had failed to “moderate or prevent the distribution of dangerous and illegal content”.

“Parler has failed to meet its obligation to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content that leads to violence and illegal activity, and does not comply with guidelines for review on the App Store,” Apple wrote.

Parler is still available through a web browser, but so is Amazon on Saturday announced that it would remove Parler Buzzfeed reported on its web hosting services. Once the ban goes into effect on Sunday, Parler will likely go offline.

Twitter Trump’s account permanently banned on Friday it said it was “a risk of further incitement to violence”. While Trump doesn’t yet have a Parler report of his own, his presidential campaign and many of his family members and allies do.

Parler was launched in 2018 and quickly became a hub for right-wing circles and Trump’s MAGA universe to post freely without the rules for moderating content from other social platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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