Apple will allow Parler to return to the App Store after the app changed content moderation policies, the tech giant said Monday in a letter to Congress, winning for the besieged social media app after it was launched from the iOS store after the Capitol riots.
IN letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and MP Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Apple said the app was approved for the App Store last week and will become available as soon as Parler announces its latest update.
The letter did not specify what changes Parler had made to his moderating policies, but Apple said it originally removed Parler earlier this year after finding posts that “incited violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, glorified Nazism and called for violence against certain people ”of the January attack on the Capitol.
What is and what is not allowed in Parler has become the subject of controversy within the company, and former CEO and founder John Matze has accused the app’s management team in lawsuit refusing to ban neo-Nazi and QAnon groups.
Neither Parler nor Apple responded immediately to a request for comment Forbes.
Parler was founded in 2018 as an alternative to free speech on conventional social networks and quickly became a haven for conservatives and right-wing content. But the app was subjected to tighter controls after the Capitol riots, which led to Apple and Google launching an app store. Amazon has banned the company from using its cloud computing platform, effectively preventing the app from running at all. Parler is fighting a ban on Amazon Web Services in court while using another cloud-based provider, SkySilk, based in Los Angeles, to host a bare-bones website.
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Speak there pushed back against accusations that it is an “extreme right-wing instigator”. In March in a letter to Democratic MPs, Parler He said reported more than 50 violent posts to the FBI before Jan. 6. The company then said it had removed “incitement and threats of violence”, but did not mention misinformation and hate speech.