Google on Friday (September 2) ended the suspension of popular conservative social network Parler, ousted from its app download platform after the attack on the Capitol in January 2021 due to an overly lax moderation policy on inciting content. to violence.
All apps on Google Play that feature content created by its users must implement specific moderation practices, which Parler has agreed to do, Google told AFP. These rules must in particular “prohibit problematic content, provide a system to report problematic content, take action when necessary against such content, and remove and block abusive users who violate the terms of the app”detailed a spokesperson.
Parler’s popularity had suddenly skyrocketed after Donald Trump was permanently ousted from Twitter shortly after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. But Apple and Google, lamenting rising threats of violence and illegal activity on Parler , had quickly removed it from their download platforms. Amazon Web Services (AWS) had also decided to no longer host it on its servers, effectively ostracizing the social network.
Truth social still not accepted
Parler had taken more than a month to find a way to come back online while Apple again accepted Parler on the App Store in April 2021. If Google no longer accepted the conservative social network on Google Play, its users could still, on phones running Google’s Android operating system, access it by downloading the application directly from the Parler website.
The social network created by Donald Trump and launched at the end of February, Truth Social, is still not accepted on Google Play for lack of sufficient moderation.