Apple will let Parler back on the App Store after the app changed its content moderation guidelines, the tech giant said in a letter to Congress on Monday, a win for the beleaguered social media app after the riot was thrown from the iOS store in the Capitol.
Apple has discontinued the Parler social networking app under certain conditions.
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In a letter to Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah and Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo, Apple announced that the app was approved for the App Store last week and will be available as soon as Parler releases the latest update.
The letter didn’t specify what changes Parler made to its moderation guidelines, but Apple said it originally removed Parler earlier this year after finding posts that “encouraged violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, glorified Nazism, and violence against certain people called for “the January attack on the Capitol.
What is and is not allowed on Parler has become a controversy within the company. Former CEO and founder John Matze, in a lawsuit, accused the app’s leadership team of opposing the ban on neo-Nazi and QAnon groups.
Neither Parler nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment from Forbes.
Founded in 2018 as a free expression of opinion on major social networks, Parler quickly became a haven for conservative and right-wing content. But the app was scrutinized after the Capitol uprising, prompting Apple and Google to remove it from their app stores. Amazon banned the company from using its cloud computing platform, effectively preventing the app from working at all. Parler battles Amazon Web Services ban in court while using another cloud provider, Los Angeles-based SkySilk, to host a bare bones website.
Parler has defended himself against the allegations that it is a “right-wing extremist instigator”. In a March letter to Democratic lawmakers, Parler said he reported more than 50 violent posts to the FBI prior to Jan. 6. The company said at the time it had “eliminated incitement and threats of violence” but made no mention of misinformation and hate speech.