US right-wing social media app Parler is suspended by Google
Google, a US technology company that specializes in Internet-related services, on Friday suspended the Parler social networking app from its Play Store to prevent the spread of violent rhetoric.
In a statement, Google cited continued posts in the Parler app that seek "to incite ongoing violence in the US".
Parler is a social network to which many supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump have migrated after being banned from services including Twitter, which on Friday permanently suspended Trump's account.
Parler is among a group of relatively new platforms that have billed themselves as free speech alternatives in hopes of courting white radicals in the US who believe larger platforms are censoring their views.
The move comes as Trump’s supporters stormed the US Congress on Wednesday, in a shocking attempt to reverse Trump’s election loss to incoming President Joe Biden.
The suspension from Google Play came during the same day that US social media company Twitter permanently cut off Trump’s personal account and access to his nearly 90 million followers late on Friday, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
Trump’s frequent use of Twitter was a key part of his campaign as he overhauled the Republican Party and beat Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency in 2016. Since then he has used it to fire up his political base, attacking those who opposed him.
Twitter has long resisted pressure to suspend Trump’s account. But after a “close review” of the president’s recent tweets, the company said on Friday evening it “had permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Facebook and Instagram also banned Trump “indefinitely” following the violence in Washington, DC.
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the president had used the platforms to “incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government".