Google allows Talk app to return to Play Store

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Parler was allowed to return to the Play Store after meeting requirements to remove abusive messages and block users who violate the app’s rules, according to Google. ―Photo Reuters

Saturday, September 03, 2022 08:41 AM MYT

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 3 — Google allowed social media network Parler to return to its Play Store yesterday, more than a year after banning the platform popular with conservatives following the uprising at the US Capitol -United.

Google pulled the Speak app from its online marketplace just days after the deadly attack on the US government headquarters on January 6, 2021, saying it allowed “blatant content” that could incite more violence.

Talk had become a haven for far-right figures who say they have been censored by other social media platforms such as Twitter.

The attack on the Capitol, prompted in part by online disinformation and violent rhetoric on sites such as Speak, was led by far-right supporters of former President Donald Trump, who sought to quash the 2020 election results which he lost to Joe. Biden.

Parler was allowed to return to the Play Store after meeting requirements to remove abusive messages and block users who violate the app’s rules, according to Google.

“All apps on Google Play that feature user-generated content are required to implement strong moderation practices that prohibit objectionable content,” a Google spokesperson said in response to an inquiry from Google. AFP.

“Apps may appear on Google Play provided they comply with Play’s Developer Policies.” Parler has agreed to abide by Play Store rules and has modified its app for Android mobile devices to comply with its policies, according to Google.

Versions of the Talk app suitable for iPhones or iPads were also banned from Apple’s App Store after the insurgency.

But they were returned to its virtual shelves last year after updates aimed at curbing incitement to violence, Apple said at the time.

Parler claimed to have over 20 million users before being pulled from the Apple and Google online marketplaces.

Conservatives backing Trump’s bid to reverse his election defeat have sparked a migration to alternative social media sites whose lax moderation policies have allowed misinformation to thrive. -AFP

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