Parler suspended by Apple, Amazon and Google
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations & GS-III – Technology
- Apple, Amazon and Google have suspended the social network called Parler as the platform has not taken enough measures to make sure that content inciting violence remains in check.
- Parler is an American alt-tech microblogging and social networking service.
- It markets itself as a free speech and unbiased alternative to mainstream social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
- Parler also has a significant user base of Donald Trump supporters, conservatives, conspiracy theorists, and right-wing extremists.
- The suspension came following the events of January 6 when an armed mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with the police as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win.
- The platform is favoured by right-leaning users and as per media reports was actively used by supporters of US President Donald Trump, including several of those who participated in the Capitol Hill siege.