Apple will allow social media app Parler back onto the iPhone App Store, according to members of Congress who had protested the removal of the controversial service back in January.
Apple had similar issues to Amazon Web Services but said it was only suspending Parler, not banning it permanently and that the situation could be “cured” if Parler added moderation and removed violent content. (Apple said in its letter that over 30,000 apps had been removed in 2020 for issues with objectionable user-generated content.) Google had also removed Parler from its Google Play store.
An Apple review committee has approved changes in Parler and said it will approve an updated version of the site.
“Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it,” Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director for government affairs, wrote in the letter, which was addressed to Rep. Ken Buck and Sen. Mike Lee.
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