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Parler suspended by Apple, Amazon and Google

  • IASbaba
  • January 13, 2021
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Parler suspended by Apple, Amazon and Google

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations & GS-III – Technology

In news 

  • 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.

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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