Parler Takes Action Against Apple

( Social media app Parler may be back, but they are not going to be welcomed back to the Apple App Store apparently.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple told Parler on February 25 that “after having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with the App Store Review guidelines There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.”

In January, Apple and Google both banned Parler from their app stores on mobile devices. Then, Amazon removed the site from its hosting services, which knocked Parler completely offline until it found another hosting company.

Last month, Parler went live again after finding a host for its website. Parler then applied to be reinstated on the App Store, but Apple was having none of it. In a letter Apple sent to Parler, which was obtained by Bloomberg, they wrote:

“As you know, developers are required to implement robust moderation capabilities to proactively identify, prevent and filter this objectionable content to protect the health and safety of users.”

Apple said content was still on Parler that included “easily identified offensive uses of derogatory terms regarding race, religion and sexual orientation, as well as Nazi symbols. For these reasons, your app cannot be returned to the App Store for distribution until it complies with the guidelines.”

Parler responded by issuing a statement to Breitbart. The company said that it was working on trying to get back on the App Store “in reliance on [Apple CEO] Tim Cook’s statements that Apple’s problem was not with our mission, but only with the perceived lack of enforcement of our guidelines.”

The statement continued:

“Parler has always opposed and worked to remove violent and inciting rhetoric form our platform, because it inhibits productive, civil discourse. Accordingly, and even though we knew that problems with violent and inciting content were not unique to Parler in the weeks leading up to January 6 — a fact that independent reviews of court records have now shown — we worked tirelessly to adopt enhanced protocols for identifying and removing this type of content.”

Parler is insisting that it has shown Apple how it has made modifications to its app to incorporate “a combination of algorithmic filters and human review to detect and remove content that threatens or incites violence.

“We’ve also explained our new feature which empowers individual users with the option to filter out personal attacks based on immutable and irrelevant characteristics such as race, sex, sexual orientation or religion.”

But that apparently wasn’t enough for Apple. So, while the App Store allows other social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter, where loads of hate speech reign, the big tech company is silencing Parler and their users.

Still, Parler has hopes for a future back on the App Store. The statement read:

“We’re optimistic that Apple will continue to differentiate itself from other ‘Big Tech’ companies by supporting its customers’ choice to ‘think different’ — to exercise their constitutionally protected freedoms of thought, speech and association — while using Apple products.”