Google, Apple, and Amazon Give Parler the Boot

Parler has been removed from the Google Play and App Store, and Amazon has kicked it from its web hosting services. Google, Amazon and Apple have all launched Parler. Parler, a social network aimed at free speech, was withdrawn from Google Play and the App Store. Amazon has also removed Parler from its web hosting services.

Big Tech Targets Parler

The aftermath of the protests in Washington, D.C. not only led to the expulsion of Trump's accounts on social media, but also affected Parler. The platform has seen a huge migration of politically conservative users following President Trump's defeat in the U.S. election.

Because the platform markets itself as a "free speech social network," it doesn't have strict moderation policies. Google, Apple, and Amazon believe that Parler hasn't done enough to stop the incitement of violence following the protests, resulting in suspension.

Google first made the decision to ban Parler from the Google Play Store, which was uncovered by a report from Axios. Google explained the move in a statement to the outlet, saying:

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.

Google then went on to say that it is "suspending the app's listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues."

Apple shortly made the same decision as Google, opting to ban Parler until it can come up with a proper moderation policy. In a report to Buzzfeed News, Apple said that "Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety," and that it has "suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues."

Parler isn't just unavailable for download on app stores, but it will soon be unavailable from your browser as well. Amazon, the hosting provider for Parler's website, has also told Buzzfeed News that it will be booting Parler on January 10, 2021, at 11:59pm PST.

Amazon wrote a detailed letter to Parler, which Buzzfeed unveiled in its report. The platform stated that it "cannot provide services to a customer that is unable to effectively identify and remove content that encourages or incites violence against others" in light of the events in Washington, D.C.

John Matze, CEO of Parler, responded to Amazon's ban in a post on Parler.

He noted that Amazon will officially turn off its serves on January 10, and that "there is the possibility Parler will be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch."

What Will Become of Parler?

While all major tech companies have banned Parler for potentially insccusing violence, it seems the platform will not back down. It may not be available as an app for quite some time (or even forever), but it will probably work on your browser after finding a new web host.