Google suspended the social media network Parler from its Play Store on Friday. The search giant said Parler has failed to restrict “egregious content” following the attack on Capitol Hill this week.
Apple, meanwhile, warned Parler that it will also remove the social media app from its App Store if Parler does not meet Apple’s content moderation policies.
Parler began in 2018. It has a heavy conservative following and was viewed by many as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter.
According to Google, however, Parler’s failure to police its content may have contributed to violence.
“We’re aware of continued positing in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.,” writes Google. “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until is addresses these issues.”
John Matze, the CEO of Parler, wrote on the app, “We won’t cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”