Amazon, Apple and Google have banned the social network application Parler

 

 

 Amazon, Apple and Google have banned the social network application Parler from their respective services and app stores following Wednesday. attack on the US Capitol by a crowd of Trump supporters. The talk has been riddled with violent comments since before the Capitol attack.





Parler CEO John Matze posted on his app on Saturday night that Amazon informed him it would no longer help him host his app on his Amazon Web Services platform. The move follows previous announcements by Apple and Google would also be removing the app from their respective app stores.






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“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill the competition in the market,” Matze wrote, adding that his service had become “too efficient too fast”. He did not address his platform of relatively lax moderation rules or its use by extremists before the Capitol Hill riot. He also did not mention growing concerns over the use of social media apps, including Talk, to stage another attack in the coming weeks.

Neither Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Earlier today, Apple said in a statement that it banned Talking from its App Store because it failed to properly monitor user posted content.

Apple has 'always supported various views represented on the App Store, but there is no room on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,' the company said. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to human security. We have suspended Talking from the App Store until they resolve these issues.

The App Store is the only way to distribute apps to iPhones, so the ban poses a serious challenge to online services, although they can often still be reached through websites.

 

 Apple's move follows Google's decision to remove the Talking Android app from its Play Store on Friday for similar reasons.

'We are aware of the continued publication in the Talk app which seeks to incite continued violence in the United States,' Google said. “We recognize that there may be a reasonable debate over content policies and that it may be difficult for apps to immediately remove any non-compliant content, but in order for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we require that apps implement robust moderation for blatant content. '


Google's ban will not have as much of an impact on Talking as it will on Apple, because Android users can 'sideload' apps without going through the Play Store, if they choose. However, the capability is disabled by default.

 

 

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The modern Internet provides an abundance of platforms for communicating directly with millions of people, and it has proven difficult to balance the advantages of chatting online with the disadvantages.

Parler CEO Matze had issued warnings that his app could be removed from Amazon web services after a group of employees called on the company to act. 'We cannot be complicit in further bloodshed and violent attacks on our democracy,' Amazon employees wrote in a tweet.

Less than a day later, they declared victory. “We have asked Amazon’s white supremacists to platform using the technology we’re working on as a megaphone to incite violence and attack our democracy,” the group said.

 

 In the case of Apple, the iPhone maker sent Parler a warning letter on Friday, according to Buzzfeed, demanding that the app improve its moderation.

“We have received numerous complaints about objectionable content in your Talk service, accusations that the Talk app was used to plan, coordinate and facilitate illegal activity in Washington DC on January 6, 2021 that led to (among others) loss of life. , numerous injuries and destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate further illegal and dangerous activities, ”Apple reportedly told Parler. 'If we do not receive a written update that meets the App Store review guidelines and requested moderation improvement plan within 24 hours, your app will be removed from the App Store. '

In a follow-up letter to the developers of Parler on Saturday, Apple said it still sees unacceptable content on Parler.

“In your response, you mentioned that Parler has been taking this content 'very seriously for weeks',” Apple wrote. “However, the processes Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the dissemination of dangerous and illegal content have proven insufficient. Specifically, we continued to find direct threats of violence and calls for lawless action. '

And an apparent plan presented by Parler has not satisfied Apple.

“Your answer also refers to a 'for now' moderation plan, which does not meet current requirements” in the App Store guidelines, Apple wrote. “While there is no perfect system to prevent harmful or hateful user content, applications need to have robust content moderation plans in place to proactively and effectively address these issues. A temporary 'task force' is not a sufficient answer given the widespread proliferation of harmful content. '

Speaking also did not respond to a request for comment on the Apple ban.

In a Talk Friday article, CEO Matze challenged Apple's stance and said Apple was not keeping Twitter or Facebook at the same level. “Apparently they think Parler is responsible for ALL user-generated content on Parler,” he said. “Along the same lines, Apple should be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple must also be responsible. '

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on Matze's remarks.

 

 

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The biggest example of de-datming came on Friday when Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump from 'debriefing' because of the risk of further incitement to violence.

 

 

 Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump's Twitter account on Friday.





After the insurgency on Capitol Hill, which resulted in death, vandalism and property damage - not to mention insulting a national and international symbol of democracy - social media sites have taken a tougher stance against the activities that they consider dangerous. Facebook and Instagram have blocked Trump from new messages 'indefinitely.' Reddit cut off The_Donald, a major right-wing discussion board, and Twitter banned several high-profile accounts associated with the false right-wing QAnon conspiracy theory.

In a tweet on Friday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent New York Democrat, called on Google and Apple to act after reporting calls for violence on Talk.

 

 

 The Growing Importance of Parler

 

Speaking becomes increasingly important to right-wing activists as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram put the kibosh on Trump's social media accounts after loyalists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

'Our investigation found that Talk does not effectively moderate or remove content that encourages illegal activity and poses a serious risk to the health and safety of users in direct violation of your own terms of service,' Apple reportedly said. Friday in Parler, citing a handful of examples allegedly showing violent threats. “Content of this dangerous and harmful nature is not appropriate for the App Store. As you know from previous conversations with App Review, Apple requires that applications with user-generated content be moderated effectively to ensure that objectionable and potentially harmful content is filtered out. Content that threatens the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other illegal acts has never been acceptable on the App Store. '

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