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Parler website pulled offline after Apple and Google block controversial social network

SIPA USA via PA Images In this photo illustration the Parler logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Google, Apple and Amazon have suspended the social networking app Parler. Parler became unavailable in App Store, Google Play and Amazon Web Services, reportedly as said insufficient control over user posts that encouraged violence, reportedly by media. (Photo by Pavlo Gonchar / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
The Parler website has been pulled offline (Photo by Pavlo Gonchar / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

The Parler website has been pulled offline after both Google and Apple removed the app from their app stores.

Parler is a Twitter-style social media platform that works around a newsfeed of accounts that you can subscribe to follow.

There’s also the option to upload images and posts of up to 1,000 characters. Posts and messages on the platform are known as ‘parleys’, derived from customary lingo for 19th-century types that wanted to chat.

Over the weekend, the app was removed from both the Google Play Store for Android and Apple’s App Store for iOS for its lack of moderation. Apple gave the site 24 hours to provide a content moderation plan, after it emerged that the US Capitol riots were co-ordinated through Parler.

In a statement, Apple said: ‘We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.’

Now the company’s website, which is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers, has also been shut down.

Amazon took the decision to remove Parler after it found 98 posts on the site that encouraged violence. As a result, Amazon said it violates the rules and will need to find another hosting provider.

Parler, it seems, was unable to do so.

Parler calls itself the ‘world’s town square’ and has been around since 2018.

It holds itself up as a platform for free speech but has become a place for ultra-conservative users who fled Twitter amid claims of censorship and political bias.

Screenshots of the Parler app from the App Store are seen on an Apple iPhone in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on January 10, 2021. The Parler app, developed as an alternative social media platform for conservatives has been taken from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store. Supporters of Donald Trump including many who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday communicate via the app. The app has been removed from stores for containing a large number of posts that encourge and incite violence. Aamazon Web Services (AWS) has also announced it is no longer hosting the platform on it's cloud services. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto)
A screenshots of the Parler app from the App Store are seen on an Apple iPhone (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto)

Parler CEO John Matze complained on his site of being scapegoated.

‘Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler,’ he said, adding he would not ‘cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech’.

There is huge speculation that Donald Trump could soon join Parler after his access to Facebook and Twitter was revoked.

Online speech experts expect social media companies led by Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to more vigorously police hate speech and incitement in the wake of the Capitol rebellion, as Western democracies led by Nazism-haunted Germany already do.

MORE : What is Parler and why is the app used by Donald Trump’s followers so controversial?

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