The harder the fall. While US President Donald Trump is now under fire for his role in the attack on Capitol Hill by his supporters last week, this should not help matters. As reported this Monday on Wall Street Journal, the Republican president has indeed seen his campaign accounts suspended by Stripe, the company that manages credit card payments on its campaign website and various fundraisers.
The platform accuses the president and his administration of encouraging violence. And to recall that Stripe asks users to pledge not to accept payments for “high risk” activities, including for any business or organization that “engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates illegal violence or physical damage to persons or property ”.
But it’s not just Donald Trump who is in the sights of American platforms. The “free” social network Parler is also widely talked about. While the latter is highly prized by the American far-right and supporters of Donald Trump, who shower him with conspiratorial and openly racist speeches, he is now attracting much criticism across the Atlantic.
Talk through the viewfinder
As a sign of this growing mistrust, Google has just withdrawn it from its application store, after proof was made online that its members were openly planning acts of violence against members of the police during the the next inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s successor to the White House, to be held on January 20.
“In order to protect user safety on Google Play, our long-standing policies require that apps displaying user-generated content have moderation policies and an app that removes blatant content such as messages that incite violence.” , explains a Google spokesperson interviewed by on Saturday. “All the developers accept these conditions and we have reminded Speaking of this clear policy in recent months,” said the management of the American giant.
“We are aware of the continued publication in the Speak application seeking to incite violence in the United States. We recognize that there may be a reasonable debate over content policies and that it may be difficult for apps to immediately remove any violent content, but in order for us to distribute an app through Google Play, we demand that applications implement robust moderation for blatant content, ”she also indicates.
From complications to complications
Race results: “given this permanent and urgent threat to public safety, we are suspending the application’s registrations on the Play Store until these problems are resolved”, notes the management of Google. The American giant is not the only one to harden its position vis-à-vis Parler. This Saturday, several tech media reported that Apple had already issued a 24-hour warning to the Talk app, asking its staff to implement a content moderation policy or face an app suspension. Store.
The suspension of the Google Play Store of the Talking app comes on top of a wave of bans on major social networks. On Twitter, Donald Trump’s personal account, as well as the accounts of several right-wing political figures and QAnon leaders, have been deleted. The American president has also seen his personal accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitch or Shopify suspended. Finally, the supporters’ accounts of the future former US president have also been deleted on Discord, Reddit or Youtube.
Twitter justified the permanent suspension of the account of President of the United States Donald Trump (with 88 million subscribers) by indicating in a blog post that “after taking a close look at recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – particularly the way they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further inducements. to violence ”.
AWS tightens the screw
Note that the ban from the Play Store does not mean that the Talk application will no longer work. The app will continue to work on the phones of users who have already installed it, and new users will be able to download new versions of the app from other third-party stores.
If these successive bans did not pose a risk for Speaking, the social network must now face greater complications. In the wake of other American digital giants, Amazon Web Services has just cut the Talking servers, making the platform inaccessible, said the CEO of the social network John Matze. “Parler may not be available on the internet for a week, because we have to rebuild everything from scratch”, warns the latter.
In a letter addressed to Parler, the existence of which has been confirmed by Amazon, AWS explains that it has seen a constant increase in violent content on its site and that “it is clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply to AWS Terms of Service ”.