Parler to Be Reinstated in the App Store Preceding Ban After US Capitol Riots

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According to a letter sent to two Republican lawmakers, Apple will reintroduce the social media app Parler, which is common among US conservatives, to the App Store after the iPhone manufacturer removed it following the deadly January 6 US Capitol riot.

According to the letter obtained by Reuters, the app proposed changes to its app and content moderation policies following extensive discussions with Parler, which would result in its reinstatement.

Following the assault on the Capitol by supporters of Republican former President Donald Trump, which left five people dead, major tech platforms broke ties with Parler.


They accused the app of failing to control violent material on its platform, which is sponsored by influential Republican Party donor Rebekah Mercer.

It was unclear what improvements Parler had made to the software or its moderation, which bills itself as a free-speech space for those looking for an alternative to major platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

After Amazon halted web-hosting services, claiming Parler had failed to effectively moderate violent content, the app went dark for about a month. It was banned from Apple’s and Alphabet’s Google’s app stores.

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Parler resurfaced in February with SkySilk, a private cloud infrastructure located in Los Angeles. The board of directors dismissed its CEO, John Matze. Parler also filed a lawsuit against Amazon, accusing the company of attempting to ruin its market.

The updated Parler app will be available immediately after Parler released it, according to Apple’s message.

Apple has been silent on the matter. Parler did not respond to a request for comment right away.

Senator Mike Lee and Representative Ken Buck, who wrote to big tech CEOs last month, challenging their conduct over Parler, were the recipients of the message, which was first published by CNN.

The updated Parler app will be available immediately after Parler releases it, according to Apple’s message.

In the letter, Apple stated that in 2020, it would reject about 30,000 apps from the App Store due to problematic user-generated content.

It said it made the decision to delete Parler on its own, without consulting Google or Amazon, because it did not follow their guidelines.

Parler has been available on Android because of the platform’s transparency, according to a Google spokesperson, even though it isn’t currently distributed through Google Play.

“Parler is welcome back in the Play Store once it submits an app that complies with our policies,” the spokesperson said, adding that the company has yet to submit an updated version of its Android app.

Amazon did not respond to requests for comment right away.

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