Parler returns to Apple Store after being banned after attack on the Capitol
Republican Congressman Ken Buck, who complained to the company over the ban on the social network, shared Apple’s reply letter on Twitter, in which the company announces that it will reinstate Parler in the App Store as soon as it releases an updated version.
Parler returns to Apple Store after being banned after attack on the Capitol (Image: Techzine)
The social network was initially banned because the company led by Tim Cook felt it was not doing enough to moderate the content shared by users, even when it was clearly racist or called for violence, attitudes that are not allowed by Apple’s corporate policies.
On March 31, @SenMikeLee and I sent a letter demanding answers about why Apple removed Parler from the App Store.
🚨Today, we received a response: Parler will be reinstated on the App Store. Huge win for free speech. pic.twitter.com/FQBDSSSFGk
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 19, 2021
However, after several meetings held by the iPhone company and Parler since January, the social network has presented an updated version of its application that improves the quality of moderation and they it has been approved by Apple.
Its promoters define Parler as the “freedom of expression” social network, precisely because of a weak policy of moderating content, but guarantee that it is not aimed at any specific audience.
Recently, Parler has gained a lot of popularity among conservatives in the United States, who consider that networks like Facebook or Twitter veto their opinions and do not allow them to express themselves.
Several Republican congressmen, as well as journalists – notably Fox News – and other users of the conservative wing have an account in Parler, using it to communicate with their followers.
The big boom of the social network came after the presidential elections last November, when it became a way to share countless conspiracy theories and one of the main channels for organizing the protests that culminated in the attack on the federal Congress headquarters in January .
The Capitol invasion took place on January 6, when supporters summoned by Trump gathered in Washington to protest, for alleged fraud, against the election result, on the day that Congress and the Senate would meet to ratify Joe Biden’s victory.
During the night, the police managed to regain control of the Capitol, but five people (four protesters and one policeman) died and dozens were arrested.
The social network has been practically inoperable since the beginning of the year, when Apple and Google (owners of the two main mobile operating systems) decided to remove it from their virtual stores and Amazon expelled it from their internet servers.