Apple has allowed Parler to rejoin the app store.
According to Apple, Parler has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.”
NEW: Apple has approved Parler to return to the app store, according to a letter from Apple to Congress obtained by CNN: https://t.co/1hvZ8DE5z9
— Brian Fung (@b_fung) April 19, 2021
Apple has approved Parler’s return to the iOS app store following improvements the social media company made to better detect and moderate hate speech and incitement, according to a letter the iPhone maker sent to Congress on Monday.
The decision clears the way for Parler, an app popular with conservatives including some members of the far right, to be downloaded once again on Apple devices.
The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.”
Today, Parler, LLC announced that it
will be re-launching on Apple’s App Store the week of April
26, 2021. The announcement comes after Apple responded
to a letter from Senator Mike Lee and Congressman Ken
Buck by informing them that Apple had agreed to allow
Parler back onto the App Store.
Parler’s re-launch on the App Store comes after several
months of productive dialogue with Apple and new
information that Parler provided to the public and
Congress to demonstrate that the Company has always
prohibited incitement and Parler had been unfairly
scapegoated for the events of January 6th. Parler applauds
Apple for heeding this message.
Through its work with Apple, Parler implemented several
new safeguards in order to detect posts that would not fall
within the protections of the First Amendment. Parler did
not, however, make changes to its broad policies to create a
free and open platform without viewpoint censorship and
committed to the First Amendment rights of its
users. While the App Store version of Parler will prohibit
some posts that Parler allows, those posts will still remain
visible on the web-based and Android versions of Parler.
In announcing the re-launch on the App Store, Parler’s
Interim CEO Mark Meckler made the following statement:
“Parler has and will always be a free and open forum where
users could engage in the free exchange of ideasin the full
spirit of the First Amendment to the United States
Constitution. We have worked to put in place systemsthat will
better detect unlawfulspeech and allow usersto lter content
against content moderation based on viewpoint.
“Parler is also grateful for Senator Mike Lee’s and
Congressman Ken Buck’s hard work and commitment to the
open exchange of ideasin the free market. Their recent letter
to Apple helped facilitate Parler’sre-launch on the App Store
and has empowered Parler’s usersto re-engage in the ability
to freely expressthemselves and share ideasfree of the
viewpoint discrimination that they face on other platforms
like Twitter and Facebook.
“Finally, Parler would like to thank its usersfor their patience
as we worked to get this done. This company wasstarted as a
non-partisan and pro-First Amendment alternative to other
social media platforms, and we will continue to allow our
usersto freely share ideas and expression, consistent with the
protections of the First Amendment and without viewpoint
censorship or determination.
The real question is what does this mean.
The statement from Parler reads like they gave up nothing to get back on.
Only time will tell if that is the case.
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