Google suspends Parler app from Play Store over failure to moderate egregious content

Parler's failure to remove 'egregious content' related to the D.C. riots violates Google's longstanding policies, the company said

Google announced on Friday that it would suspend free speech social media platform Parler’s listing from its Play Store due to a failure to moderate "egregious content" posted by users related to the violent siege on Capitol Hill this week.

A spokesperson for Google confirmed in a statement to Fox News that its "longstanding policies" require that apps with user-generated content have measures in place to remove certain obscene content – including posts that incite violence. Developers agree to those terms.

"We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.," a Google spokesperson wrote in a statement. "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."

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The company noted that the measures it took on Friday will not impact Parler’s availability on the web or other Android app stores – and the platform will not be removed from existing users’ phones.

As previously reported by Fox News, Apple is reportedly considering taking similar action over the same issues.

Spokespeople for Apple and Parler have not responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.

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Parler, which was founded in 2018, was "built upon a foundation of respect for privacy and personal data, free speech, free markets, and ethical, transparent corporate policy."

The platform has become popular with conspiracy theorists and elements of the far-right. Some conservatives – like Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky. – began turning to the platform this year after becoming frustrated with content moderation on the major platforms.

Both Facebook and Twitter locked Trump’s account this week. While his Facebook page is expected to remain locked through President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, his Twitter feed was suspended indefinitely on Friday night.