The Parler app that has become a safe space for conservatives who have been censored from other social media platforms, was removed from Apple’s app store on Saturday, AFP reported.
This move was made after Google also removed the app for allowing ‘threats of violence’ after the deadly attack on the US Capitol by right-wingers and supporters of Donald Trump.
The app is known for allowing ‘egregious content’ that could potentially incite deadly violence similar to the US Capitol incident that happened on Wednesday. Angry Trump supporters had entered the building as lawmakers were meeting to certify Joe Biden’s win. They caused the violence that resulted in the death of five people – including a policeman.
After Twitter banned Donald Trump from its platform, the app became the No 1 free app on Apple’s App Store. The app had anyway been soaring in popularity for the last few months.
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“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement.
“Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
Following Twitter, other mainstream social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitch have also suspended Trump after the attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
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John Matze, the chief of Parler announced in a post that the app will no longer be available in the Apple’s App Store “until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become a surveillance platform by pursuing guilt of those who use Parler before innocence.”
However, he added that the platform has “many options” to keep moving ahead.
Parler has been on air since 2018. Initially, it was a platform for the extreme right. Now, it is used by traditional conservatives like Republican lawmakers.