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Right-wing meeting point: Parler social media app no ​​longer available on Google

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For the time being, the internet company Google will no longer offer the right-wing social media app Parler for download. Google’s guidelines required apps with user-generated content to have their own guidelines to “remove outrageous content such as posts that incite violence,” a Google spokesman said on Friday evening (local time) upon request.

Parler would continue to post posts aimed at inciting violence in the US. With the ongoing and acute threat to public safety, Parler will no longer be available on Google Play until these issues are resolved. Google gave the app provider 24 hours to come up with a content moderation plan.

Parler describes itself as an “unbiased” medium that promotes freedom of speech and focuses on protecting user rights. It is widespread among supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump and gained popularity in the course of the US election. According to US media reports, the violent protests by Trump supporters on Wednesday, which culminated in the storming of the Capitol in Washington, were largely organized via apps such as Parler.

People around Trump had repeatedly advertised Parler as an alternative to Twitter or Facebook, which allegedly suppressed conservative views. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Twitter in late June that she had set up an account with Parler because she was fed up with conservatives being “censored” on these platforms.


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