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Social app Parler is cracking down on hate speech - but only on iPhones

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  1. [4]
    JXM
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    Parler is a haven for hate and shouldn't be on either App Store, if you ask me but that's a different discussion. But I wouldn't be surprised if Google follow's Apple's lead shortly and asks them...

    Parler is a haven for hate and shouldn't be on either App Store, if you ask me but that's a different discussion.

    But I wouldn't be surprised if Google follow's Apple's lead shortly and asks them to implement the same thing on Android. They can use the cover of "well, Apple already made them do it" if they want.

    But more importantly, wasn't Parler billed as a place that would never censor anything?

    13 votes
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      raze2012
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      Google has 4/8/whatever-chan apps on the store with little issue. But they also decided to remove Gab under reasons of hate speech. I wouldn't be surprised with a decision either way, to be honest.

      Google has 4/8/whatever-chan apps on the store with little issue. But they also decided to remove Gab under reasons of hate speech. I wouldn't be surprised with a decision either way, to be honest.

      7 votes
      1. Octofox
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        Google is run by scripts. Their decision making is effectively random

        Google is run by scripts. Their decision making is effectively random

        6 votes
    2. lel
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      Well, to the last point, even in its original incarnation, Parler already actively censored anything and everything that broke the circlejerk.

      Well, to the last point, even in its original incarnation, Parler already actively censored anything and everything that broke the circlejerk.

      2 votes
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    joplin
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    That right there tells you all you need to know. They couldn't actually get rid of the hate speech or the app wouldn't appeal to its users. It is the sole purpose of the app's existence. Apple and...

    For example, all content that the algorithms flag as “incitement,” or illegal content threatening physical violence, is removed for all users, Peikoff and Guo said. That includes threats of violence against immigrants wanting to cross the border or politicians.

    But Parler had to compromise on hate speech, Peikoff said.

    That right there tells you all you need to know. They couldn't actually get rid of the hate speech or the app wouldn't appeal to its users. It is the sole purpose of the app's existence. Apple and Google should just stop carrying it.

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    1. elcuello
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      I find it a bit weird that immigrants and politicians are mentioned specifically as if they're not included in "incitement" and "threatening physical violence". I have no idea but maybe hate...

      I find it a bit weird that immigrants and politicians are mentioned specifically as if they're not included in "incitement" and "threatening physical violence". I have no idea but maybe hate speech is just so much harder to specify.

      3 votes