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Parler removed from Google Play Store, threatened by Apple for lack of speech moderation

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The alternative social media site is being accused of 'fostering calls to violence' in wake of Capitol attack

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Social media site Parler — endorsed by several high-profile conservatives as an alternative to Twitter — was removed from Google's Play Store on Friday, after being threatened with removal from Apple's app store over allegations that the 'free speech" platform has not done enough to crack down on violent rhetoric following the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

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On Friday, Buzzfeed News obtained an email from Apple to Parler executives threatening to take down the site from its iPhone app store unless the social media network implements a stringent speech moderation policy within 24 hours.

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