Millions of pro-life conservatives have joined Parler, the Twitter alternative, after experiencing censorship and shadowbanning on Twitter. After Twitter banned President Donald Trump from its platform on Friday, pro-life conservatives flocked to Parler in masse, creating hundreds of thousands of new account.
Not longer afterwards, liberal social media giant Google deleted the Parler app from its Google Play Store, making it impossible for Android users to utilize the Parler App and forcing users to go to Parler with their browser to utilize it.
Google made the decision by claiming Parler allowance for free speech and not censoring content somehow put it in the position of allegedly promoting violence.
“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 said in a statement.
“All developers agree to these terms and we have reminded Parler of this clear policy in recent months. We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the US. We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content,” it added.
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“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,” Google concluded.
Parler told the Epoch Times that Google never gave it any warning that it was deleting the app.
“Google never gave us any warning,” Parler said. “The justification for the removal was screenshots shared on Twitter (Ironically allowed by Twitter and ignored by Apple and Google) of content that was banned on Parler for violating our TOS. This is not an attack on Parler. This is an attack on our basic civil liberties and right to free speech.”
Apple has also threatened to delete the Parler app, giving the platform 24 hours to submit to onerous censorship demands.
Parler CEO John Matze wrote in a statement, “Anyone who buys an Apple phone is apparently a user. Apperently [sic] they know what is best for you by telling you which apps you may and may not use.”
Apparently they believe Parler is responsible for ALL user generated content on Parler. Therefor by the same logic, Apple must 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 for … Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler,” he added.
In a post on Parler itself, he added “We will not cave to pressure from anti-competitive actors! We will and always have enforced our rules against violence and illegal activity. But we WONT cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”
“The media tried to claim that ‘The Insurrection’ was organized on Parler. There are quite a few problems with this.”
“1) Parler has no way to organize anything, Facebook groups was used heavily to organize the protests. 2) Protests are constitutionally protected. 3) Bad actors turned the protest into a riot,” he added. ” I know the media and everyone wants to point fingers and place blame. It is convenient for them to turn Parler into a scape goat.”
“The reality that everyone pointing fingers is to blame,” Matze wrote. “We need to start thinking critically again and stop blaming one another. We MUST try to humanize one another again not dehumanize by leveraging witch hunt tactics which will accomplish the opposite of their intended purposes.”