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What Is Parler And Why Is It Getting Suspended On App Store and Play Store?

by Shreya Verma
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Parler jumps to No. 1 on the App Store soon after Twitter and Facebook banned Trump from their platforms. 

But what is Parler? 

Parler is a small social network platform that impersonates itself as a free speech and expression alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Over the past few months, Parler has gained popularity in the united States. 

Source: The Guardian

By Saturday, Apple stated Parler as the No.1 app on the App Store. What happened later was something that many Parler users may not have seen coming.

Hundreds nad millions of Trump fans and supporters flocked to the platform after Facebook and Twitter posts arose akin violence. More and more supporters joined in as soon as Trump was banned from the eminent social network platforms last week. Team Trump got active on the Parler soon after their ban engaging with the supporters who critized Twitter and Facebook for their censoring terms. 

Why is it getting suspended?

Hours later after it was affirmed that Parler is he topmost app, Apple removed the application from its App Store. Even before that, Google took a similar withdrawing step. All this happened in tht light that Parler appeared to pitch in as the social network platform that promoted violence, crime and hate speech and put the blame in the name of not policing the ongoing conversations on its platform. 

Source: BBC.com

Parler saw too many sing ups coming in. Approximately 210,000 installs were encountered globally on Friday, January 8. There was an increase of 281% from approximately 55,000 on January 7. According to data from the Sensor Tower, an analytics service. “In the U.S., the app saw approximately 182,000 first-time downloads on Janaury 8, up 355% from about 40,000 installs on Januaray 7. Since Wednesday, the app has seen approximately 268,000 installs from across U.S. app stores.” The App Store and play Store put up the condition before suspending the app that the steps could get stricter if the application didn’t add some content moderation features soon. 

Parler and Gab, both shared the common intention of making the like-minded people come on one platform. It left its users as the in charge of managing the content, such as blocking, muting or reporting the posts or trolls sounding to be ‘offensive’. However, the users are unable to find the platforms on any app stores. 

Google, on Friday, said that it would keep Parler suspended until and unless the application developers commit to add moderation and enforcement policy, handling objectionable content on the network. A similar kind of notice was received from Apple too. Sometime soon, we may hear Apple and Google spurring other applications as well to strengthen their moderation policies enforcements.

Source: The New York Times

Amazon is the web hosting service provider for the ‘free speech’ app. Although, the company announces that if Parler didn’t find a hosting service until Sunday, the entire social network platform may go offline. After its brief popularity as the most-downloaded app, Parler will be removed from Amazon’s web hosting service sometime before midnight on Sunday Pacific Standard Time (07:59 GMT on Monday). Well we are sure enough to see Parler rebuilding itself, as shortly after the Google’s move, John Matze, the chief executive of Parler said, “We won’t cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech!”

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