Google suspends Parler app from Play Store

Google has suspended the conservative-friendly social media platform Parler from its Play Store, claiming it had failed to remove posts “that incite violence.”

The app has gained popularity amongst conservatives in recent times due to its commitment to free speech at a time when Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have cracked down on pro-Trump voices, implementing shadow bans and suspending conservative-leaning accounts without warning.

Google confirmed the suspension in a statement which read:

“Our longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence.

“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.”

Apple also warned the app on Friday that it will face a ban from the App Store if it fails to submit a “moderation improvement plan within 24 hours.”

Responding to the bans, chief executive John Matze posted from his Parler account vehemently denying saying: “We won’t cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!

“This is not an attack on Parler. This is an attack on our basic civil liberties and right to free speech.”

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