(Washington, D.C.) — In November, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and partners warned Google of the risk that Parler, an app falsely touting itself as the ‘free-speech’ version of Twitter, posed. Today, in the wake of an attempted coup planned in part on Parler, Google acted to remove the app from its app store.
Google Play’s policies prohibit the type of content Parler is used to disseminate. The Developer Program Policy (“Hate Speech”) states that “[w]e don’t allow apps that promote violence, or incite hatred against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or any other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.”
A quick review of Parler makes clear that the app violates Google Play’s policies. The app is a haven for white supremacists and others that regularly post content that surpasses Google’s proscription of content that “promote[s] violence, or incite[s] hatred against individuals or
Parler was similarly downloaded from the Google app store and used to plan the attack on the Capitol this week. Proud Boy leaders shared flight itineraries in advance of the riot on the app. One of the leaders of the Proud Boys also used Parler to detail the coordinated steps the Proud Boys planned to take on December 6th.