Social media app Parler gained conservative followers quickly as Twitter and Facebook labeled and removed President Trump’s comments before banning him altogether.
Now platforms on which social media apps work are coming after Parler.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, removed Parler from the Google Play Store, and now Apple has done the same thing. This makes Parler unavailable on phones that use either Android or Apple operating systems, which covers virtually all phones.
Now Amazon has gone a step further and is kicking Parler off of Amazon Web Services, which will make the social media app completely unavailable online.
An Apple statement said:
“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”
Parler CEO, John Matze, wrote about the ban in a post on Parler Saturday night:
“Apple will be banning Parler until we give up free speech, institute broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook and we become a surveillance platform by pursuing guilt of those who use Parler before innocence. They claim it is due to violence on the platform. The community disagrees as we hit number 1 on their store today.”
Each company, as a private entity, is legally able to ban any speech they want, and most people would agree that some speech, such as encouraging child exploitation or murder, should be censored. But where is the line, and who gets to draw it?