It’s the end of the road for social networking app Parler as tech giant’s ramp up pressure and censorship on apps, forums and platforms at the heart of fuelling tensions and hate speech. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Amazon.com, Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN), and Alphabet Inc. Class A (NASDAQ:GOOGL) have banned the app on their respective stores over claims it was heavily used to plan the insurrection at Capitol Hill.
The app, a firm favorite among President Donald Trump supporters, has been under scrutiny in recent months over the proliferation of rife violent comments. Apple and Google insist they will only list the app in their stores once it moderates its service.
Amazon confirming it will no longer offer support for the app on its Amazon Web Services was the last nail on the coffin for an app looking to be Twitter’s alternative for the right-wing. The move came hot on the heels of Google and Apple, removing the app from their app stores.
Tech Giant Defense
The move to ban Parler continues to elicit mixed reactions. While proponents insist that the move will go a long way in encouraging civil interactions on social networks, others insist on the coordinated move amounts to tech giants killing competition in the market place.
On its defense, Apple insists the unexpected move is part of a plan to pressure Parler to do a better job in policing content posted by users. While Apple Store has always been at the center in supporting diverse points, Apple insists the platform has no place for threats, violence, and illegal activities.
Google, on the other hand, insists it was worried of Parler’s continued posting of content that only seeks to continue fuelling violence in the U.S. Likewise, the tech giant behind the app store Google Play insists that Parler must do much more in implementing robust moderation and egregious content.
While the Google ban is a big blow, it won’t have a big impact, as is the case with the Apple Store ban. On the Android ecosystem, users can still sideload apps without going through the Play store. It waits to be seen if Google will disable the feature by default.
Apple, Google, and Amazon delisting Parler from their platforms come hot on the heels of social networking apps imposing permanent bans on President Donald Trump. Twitter has already confirmed it has banned the president permanently for his continued use of the platform to instigate violence and continued risk of incitement of violence.
Facebook and Instagram have also taken the unprecedented move and blocked the president from making any new posts on the platforms. Reddit, on its part, has cut off the president’s right-wing discussion platforms with Twitter imposing bans on a number of high profile accounts with ties to right-wing groups such as the QAnon. It is still unclear the impact the ban on various platforms will have on Parler, which has been growing in importance as a preferred platform for right-wing activists.
President Trump is accused of playing a pivotal role and using Twitter and other social networking apps to fuel the insurrection at Capitol Hill, which resulted in a number of deaths as well as vandalism and evacuation of congress.