World news – Google blocks the Parler app in the Play Store

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Google at Alphabet Inc on Friday suspended the Parler social networking app from the Play Store until the app adds « robust » content moderation, while Apple Inc gave the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation schedule.

Parler is a social network that many supporters of President Donald Trump migrated to after being banned from services like Twitter Inc, which permanently suspended Trump’s account on Friday.

In a statement, Google cited continued Posts in the Parler app aimed at « inciting persistent violence in the US ».

Google said: « In order for us to distribute an app on Google Play, apps must implement robust moderation for monstrous content. Given this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings on the Play Store until these issues are resolved. “

In a letter from Apple’s App Store review team to Parler seen on Reuters, Apple cited cases of participants using the service to make plans for gun descent into Washington, DC after a mob on Wednesday The US Capitol had stormed.

« Content that endangers the welfare of others or is intended to incite violence or other illegal acts was never acceptable in the App Store, » Apple said in the letter.

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Apple gave Parler 24 hours to « remove all objectionable content from your app … as well as any content related to harm to people or attacks on government facilities now or in the future. » The company also asked Parler to do a Submit a written plan for « moderating and filtering this content » from the app.

Ref: https://www.mercurynews.com

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