Twitter bans Trump; Apple gives Parler 24 hours

From the Wall Street Journal’s “Apple Threatens to Ban Parler After Capitol Riot” ($) posted Friday evening:

Apple has threatened to ban Parler, a free-speech focused social-media network favored by conservatives, for failing to moderate incitements to violence and illegal activity, according to a notice provided to The Wall Street Journal by John Matze, Parler’s chief executive.

“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler App was used to plan, coordinate and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6,” the notice begins. The tech giant said in order for Parler to remain available in the App Store, it had to provide detailed information on its content-moderation plans and “what you will do to improve moderation and content filtering your service for this kind of objectionable content going forward.”

Apple set a deadline of 24 hours for Parler’s compliance…

In recent years, Apple has shown a willingness in the U.S. to pull content from far-right creators deemed controversial, pulling Infowars podcasts in 2018 and Gab AI Inc., a social media app, in 2017. In pulling five Infowars podcasts, Apple said at the time, they didn’t comply with guidelines designed to create a safe environment for users.

See also: Twitter permanently bans Trump in The Verge.

My take: I heard Kara Swisher grilling Matze earlier this week on her Sway podcast. Parler is cooked.

UPDATE: Google suspends Parler from app store after deadly Capitol violence

10 Comments

  1. Brian Nakamoto said:
    I guess Parler is experiencing a traffic surge because they’re struggling to serve user generated content. I have an account out of curiosity. Their Section 230-protected approach to avoiding UGC moderation has resulted in a predictable outcome in terms of content nature.

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    January 8, 2021
  2. David Emery said:
    Until Twitter bans all the relevant content and content producers, this is just “Political Correctness”.

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    January 8, 2021
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    A year too late.

    Disclaimer:

    Registered Republican in 1968 and considered myself a fiscal conservative. Until the 2020 election I have voted exclusively Republican for President.

    No more.

    Given the support Trump received from “conservative” Republicans during the last 3 months I will not vote Republican ever again.

    I will comment no more on this subject.

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    January 8, 2021
    • Fred Stein said:
      You are not alone.

      Most of my friends who had been life long republicans have come to the same conclusion.

      Upvoted

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      January 9, 2021
  4. Gary Morton said:
    Feels like something that would happen in Communist China. Seems like the action a state sponsored media outlet would take. TWTR down 3.8% in after hours.

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    January 8, 2021
    • Nicholas Watland said:
      Gary….. Completely agree. This is total censorship….. Just the beginning unfortunately.

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      January 9, 2021
    • John Konopka said:
      Respectfully disagree. Private companies are free to moderate the content on their sites. Censorship is conducted by the government. All of those people, including Trump, are free to assemble, discuss, talk, publish (at their own expense). The government is not censoring their speech. That is the meaning of the first amendment.

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      January 9, 2021
      • Nicholas Watland said:
        Then they shouldn’t have Section 230 protection.

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        January 9, 2021
  5. Martin Beutling said:
    I would say : “4 years too late”

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    January 9, 2021
  6. Nicholas Watland said:
    Big Tech tyranny at it’s finest…..

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    January 9, 2021

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