Apple It confirmed that it suspended the conservative social media app Parler from the App Store soon after Google banned it from Google Play. The app, which became a home for Trump supporters and several high-profile conservatives led by Capitol supporters, was operating in violation of Apple’s rules.
The company tells ClearTips,
We have always supported various points of view to be represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the spread of these threats to protect people. We have suspended parler From the App Store until they resolve these issues.
In light of its decision, Apple sent the following note to the developers of Parler,
For developers of Parler applications,
Thank you for your feedback regarding dangerous and harmful content on Parler. We have determined that the measures you have described are insufficient to address the spread of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.
Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content that encourages violence and illegal activity, and is not in compliance with the App Store review guidelines.
In your response, you mentioned that Parler is taking this material “very seriously for the week”. However, the procedures that the parlor has put in place to prevent or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal material have proved inadequate. In particular, we have continued to detect direct threats of violence and calls for legal action in violation of Guideline 1.1 – Security – Offensive content.
Your response “for the time being”, which does not meet the requirements running in Guideline 1.2 – Security – User generation content, refers to a moderation plan. While there is no perfect system to prevent all dangerous or disgusting user content, apps require robust content moderation schemes to effectively and effectively address these issues. A temporary “task force” is not a sufficient response given the widespread proliferation of harmful material.
For these reasons, your app will be removed from the App Store until we receive an update that is compliant with the App Store review guidelines and you have effectively moderated your service of dangerous and harmful content and Has demonstrated its ability to filter.
App review board
Conservative commentator and Parler investor Dan Bongino posted about Apple’s decision on the site,
Apple’s tech tyrants have pulled the app from their App Store. Apple is no different from the Chinese Communist Party for totalitarian thought control. I am proud of the remaining freedom-loving people of this great country. And I am ashamed, and horrified, by the technical authoritarians who have controlled it.
Bongino was among those recently suspended from Twitter. However, he stated that he had no intention of returning to the site.
While Parler is not currently available through the store, it appears that it will still be available to use for those who have already downloaded it. As the New York Times noted earlier this week,
If Apple pulls the parlor from the App Store, people will not be able to download the app to their iPhones or iPads. Those who had already downloaded the Parler iPhone app would still be able to use it, but the company would not be able to update the app, meaning it would eventually become obsolete as Apple updated the iPhone software.
But Parler’s future remains more uncertain than before A growing push inside the amazon To pull the plug on the parler, too.
The news comes shortly after Google was banned from Google Play. The app, which became a home for Trump supporters and several high-profile conservatives led by Capitol supporters, was running in violation of Apple’s rules, we understand. Apple’s App Store Guidelines require apps hosting user-generated content for moderation policies to remove violence-causing content.
Despite these policies, neither Apple nor Google took action to remove Parler in the first week, even as Trump supporters and other far-flung users used the app to call for violence and storm the Capitol Had to organize their plans. The rebellion killed five people, injured more than 50 police officers, and is facing more than a dozen federal charges, in addition to an increasing number of arrests emerging as suspects.
Buzzfeed News reported on Friday that the parlor had received a letter from Apple warning that the app would be removed from the App Store within 24 hours, until the company presented a content moderation improvement plan.
Apple’s notice read:
We have received numerous complaints about objectionable content in your parlor service, alleging that the Parler app was used on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC to plan, coordinate and facilitate illegal activities, causing (Among other things) loss of life. Many injuries, and destruction of property. The application further appears to be used to plan and facilitate illegal and dangerous activities.
(ClearTips additionally confirmed Buzzfeed’s reporting.)
Parler CEO John Matt posted in his own Parler account about Apple’s ultimatum that he “does not hate free speech from authoritarians.” Earlier today, it was noted that the service allegedly removed a post by Trump’s aide Lynn Wood over a call for violence against the Vice President, Mike Pence.
After its removal, Parler ranked No. 1 in the news and No. 13 in the news on the iPhone App Store, according to App Annie’s data. On Friday, it ranked as high as No. 1 on the iPhone’s top chart of free non-game apps, although final data was not available.
Currently, the app is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), but appears to violate the AWS Acceptable Use Policy which may serve as the basis for its removal.
The collective action of tech company employees is playing a key role in some of the decisions being made by Trump and his supporters about the platform’s access to communicate and organize in the days following the capital riots. According to The Washington Post, for example, more than 350 Twitter employees signed a letter executing CEO Jack Dorsey and others through the company before permanently suspending Trump’s account.
Trump has now lost the ability to post on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Twitch, to name a few. Meanwhile, Parler’s removal from both App Stores will limit the reach of the somewhat more radical and violent Trump supporter movement, forcing them to more obscure corners of the web. However, many arguments have come too late in these measures, as not only the damage to the capitol, but the psyche of the entire country has already been done.