Google booted the MAGA-friendly Twitter clone, Parler, from the Google Play store Friday as tech companies crack down on pro-Trump social media accounts pushing conspiracy theories and threatening violence.
In a statement, Google said that it removed Parler from the Play Store because the company’s “longstanding policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and enforcement that removes egregious content like posts that incite violence.”
Parler was formed in 2018 but gained in popularity among right-wing Trump supporters over the past year as top tier social media companies like Facebook and Twitter began to crack down on right-wing extremist content, election disinformation and promotion of the QAnon conspiracy theory. The company, backed by the billionaire Trump-supporting Mercer family, styles itself as a “free speech” haven and a “neutral town square” in contrast to larger tech companies, which Parler CEO John Matze accuses of harboring an anti-conservative bias in their content policies.
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