Google pulls Parler from Play Store for fostering calls to violence

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Google has suspended Parler from the Play Store, according to a statement given to Politico reporter Cristiano Lima. New York Times reporter Jack Nicas corroborated Google’s suspension of the app, and we’ve confirmed it’s no longer on the store.

You can read the full statement below:

JUST IN: Google suspending Parler from the Google Play store pic.twitter.com/Nyv59LoNWh

— Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) January 9, 2021

Google and Parler did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Apple has given an ultimatum to Parler to police its app or be removed sometime on Saturday, BuzzFeed News reported Friday evening. The app is still available on Apple’s App Store. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Both Google and Apple have come under pressure to remove the app, which is known for having less moderation and as a conservative-friendly alternative to other social media platforms. The pressure comes two days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, incited by President Trump.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump Friday evening, while Facebook placed an “indefinite” ban on Trump’s account on Thursday.

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