Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (credit: Sam Churchill)
When right-wing trolls and outright racists get kicked off of Twitter, they often move to Gab, a Twitter competitor.
Gab was founded by Donald Trump supporter Andrew Torba, who says it’s devoted to unfettered free expression online.
This week, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, became an active Gab user after a succession of Internet companies refused service to his website, forcing it offline.
The site also hosts controversial right-wing trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos and Andrew “weev” Auernheimer.
On Thursday, Gab said that Google had banned its Android app from the Google Play Store for violating Google’s ban on hate speech.
Breaking news: Google has removed Gab’s Android app from the Google Play Store for “hate speech.” pic.twitter.com/jPqeEx1ID1
— Gab (@getongab) August 17, 2017
Google explained the removal in an e-mail to Ars. “In order to be on the Play Store, social networking apps need to demonstrate a sufficient level of moderation, including for content that encourages violence and advocates hate against groups of people,” the statement read. “This is a long-standing rule and clearly stated in our developer policies.
Developers always have the opportunity to appeal a suspension and may have their apps reinstated if they’ve addressed the policy violations and are compliant with our Developer Program Policies.”
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