Apple pulls plug on Parler

But not before it shot to No. 1 on the App Store.

From the New York Times’ “Apple and Google Cut Off Parler, an App That Drew Trump Supporters” posted late Saturday:

apple pulls plug parlerParler, a social network that pitches itself as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter and Facebook, is suffering from whiplash.

Over the past several months, Parler has become one of the fastest-growing apps in the United States. Millions of President Trump’s supporters have flocked to it as Facebook and Twitter increasingly cracked down on posts that spread misinformation and incited violence, including muzzling Mr. Trump by removing his accounts this past week. By Saturday morning, Apple listed Parler as the No. 1 free app for its iPhones.

But hours later, Apple said it had removed Parler from its App Store. Google had made a similar move a day earlier. The companies both said that Parler had not sufficiently policed the conversation on its app, allowing too many posts that encouraged violence and crime.

“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement late Saturday. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

My take: Like a lot of people, apparently, I downloaded Parler today while I still had the chance. Had to see for myself.

See also: Twitter bans Trump; Apple gives Parler 24 hours

UPDATE: Amazon too.

14 Comments

  1. David Baraff said:
    Can they shut down existing downloads of the app? Like scram it’s certificate?

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    January 9, 2021
  2. Paul Brindze said:
    And now Amazon is pulling it off AWS. It is way past time that tech companies should look at society as a whole vs immediate profits. We all individually need to do our part to slow down/stop this drift into madness.

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    January 9, 2021
  3. Nicholas Watland said:
    Say what you will, but when Big Tech simultaneously colludes to condemn businesses and individuals, anti-trust action needs to be taken. If the same standards were applied to Twitter as to Parler, Twitter would be shut down today based upon the filth and hatred I see on that platform on a daily basis. There’s no doubt that we have a double standard when it comes to treatment of the left vs. the right.

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    January 10, 2021
    • Aaron Belich said:
      Have you listened to the Kara Swisher interview with the Parler CEO? Their moderation system is trash.

      Calls for the hanging of VP Pence were up for days.

      That is not protected free speech, not when:
      a.) it’s on a private platform and
      b.) calling for the death of a political opponent

      Such language is addressed PDQ on Twitter, and the response time decreases based on the number of people who see it.

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      January 10, 2021
  4. Mordechai Beizer said:
    So then it is appropriate to ban “ungood thought”, right? (See the Newspeak appendix in 1984.) Then we should have no complaints about other bans on ungood thought in Hong Kong, China, Russia, etc.

    The law of unintended consequences has not been repealed. (In fact, like Murphy’s law it can’t.) The urge to control what people say and how they say it will not end well. We are becoming more and more a society of restricted speech and modes of thought.

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    January 10, 2021
    • Paul Brindze said:
      @mordechai Beizer
      So how would you deal with the person falsely yelling “fire” in the crowded theater? Would you defend their free speech rights or take away their megaphone?

      This is not right vs left, this is sanity and stability vs insanity and chaos. Example; I disagree with almost 100% of what Ben Sasse says .. but he is someone I could have a sane argument with, with no one urging a resort to violence.

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      January 10, 2021
      • Mordechai Beizer said:
        @Paul
        Obviously I’m not going to support the idea of someone yelling fire in a crowded theater. But I don’t believe that the Supreme Court outlawed people’s ability to yell fire in general. What was outlawed in Schenk v United States (1919) and and then further qualified in Brandenburg V. Ohio (1969) was speech directed to and likely to incite “imminent lawless action”. I think that the word imminent is the controlling concept.

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        January 10, 2021
  5. Sometime in the early 80s I became dissatisfied with dumb terminals at work or DOS at home. Windows/IBM 8086 & later those Mac cubes drew my curiosity. I pushed skeptical employers to switch to mouse and graphic interfaces from command line prompts. This tsunami of new technology grows only larger but never seems to entirely break human society. Most governments lag far behind in every tech area, including cyberespionage. Their ability to enact new legislation stymied. Powerful institutions and corporations often step in when they see no gov’t response to what they believe to be existential threats to markets/customers.

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    January 10, 2021
  6. Bart Yee said:
    IMO Parler will likely reappear somewhere else on the interwebs because someone(s) will fund their transition, someone(s) will be sympathetic to their cause and ambitions, and someone(s) will want a cut of the $$$$$$ that will be generated. Instead of depending on other people/companies’ technology and infrastructure, they will eventually create another platform, but not likely all their own – they will lease it until they are big enough to own it. They won’t go away; they just can’t use existing private, non-governmental platforms because they violated TOS as required by existing regulations and that they agreed to. Parler has said they planned for this eventuality.

    IMO, there is plenty of $$$$$ on Parler’s side to fund creation of a separate and probably competing social media network of some kind. Those who wish to hear or join will and spend their money there. Advertisers and others who wish to make money in other ways will also flock there. The market, free or not, will suggest that, like Fox News, there’s profit (OAN, Newsmax) to be made, at least until you get turned on/out from a transactional relationship going sour.

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