The return of Parler’s iOS app comes months after it was removed following the violent events of Jan. 6. The social media site provided a platform for Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day.
When will Parler return to iOS? According to Apple, as soon as the social network releases the updated version of the Parler iOS app.
Apple sent a letter Monday to Republicans Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck, who demanded information from Apple on why the company removed Parler from the App Store.
Apple says its own reviewers found “posts that encouraged violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, races, and religions, glorified Nazism, and called for violence against specific people.”
The site went down shortly after when Amazon cut off Parler from its web-hosting services in January. Parler online the next month using hosting services from a LA-based company called SkySilk. When Parler appealed to Apple to have its app reinstated last month, Apple , saying the proposed changes by Parler would still not make it compliant with the App Store’s guidelines.
Since Parler was last on the App Store, its users’ posts were by hacktivists, and the company its founder and CEO. It also with its own user base over “free speech” principles after it reported violent posts to the FBI.
What will Parler’s new content moderation policies look like? And will it be able to comply with Apple without angering its users further?
We’ll know more soon. Apple said it told the company it could return last week. The ball is now in Parler’s court.