It's only just getting started, but 2021 feels like it will be a crucial year for social apps. The world's most popular app, WhatsApp, just announced
Alt-right social media platform Parler has been kicked to the curb by
Apple, Google, Amazon, and basically every other company it could possibly do business with, but a glance at the Play Store top app charts might leave you confused — if you can't spell, anyway. Somehow "social talking app" Parl or has hit #3 on the Play Store.
This story was originally published and last updated 2021/01/08 5:00pm PST on Jan 8, 2021 . 2021/01/09 7:06pm PST on Jan 9, 2021
The social media network Parler has grown significantly over the past year as a "free speech" alternative to Twitter and Facebook, though it has been
constantly criticized for allowing extremist content and damaging conspiracy theories. Following the raid on the U.S. Capitol by far-right extremists that left at least five people dead, Apple demanded Parler establish new moderation policies, but Google appears to have skipped ahead and banned the app entirely.