Parler is one of the fastest growing apps in the world right now, as it has been somewhat of a salvation for those who support freedom of speech.
But the Big Tech giants that control the app stores are threatening to put an end to it and its business.
Google has suspended its upcoming competitor Parler from the Google Play Store, the app store that is used on Android devices.
In a statement, Google said:
“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 posts that incite violence. All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content. In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”
This follows a wave of Big Tech censorship that has taken place this week.
Apple has threatened Parler to censor its app or be removed within 24 hours.
Both Big Tech giants Google and Apple have come under pressure from media outlets to ban Parler, which is known for its support of free speech and will only remove illegal posts or posts that call for violence.