Apple removed Parler from their App Store after the social media service was among those used to stage Wednesday’s riots on Capitol Hill.
The removal came a day after the Cupertino, Calif.-Based tech giant threatened to take down the app, telling developers on Friday they had 24 hours to provide Apple with a moderation and filtering plan. service.
A letter provided by Apple to Parler says the social media company has offered to make changes to its app in order to stay on the App Store. Parler told Apple that it has “been taking this content very seriously for weeks,” that it will implement a moderation plan “for now” and that it will establish a temporary task force, according to the report. letter.
Apple dismissed these efforts as a solution in its explanation for the removal of the app. “We continued to find direct threats of violence and calls for lawless actionApple wrote to Speak on Saturday, adding that the measures were “inadequate to combat the proliferation of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.”
Talking will stay out of the App Store on iPhone, iPad, and other devices until it is able to show its “ability to effectively moderate and filter dangerous and harmful content from your service. Apple added.
Although the app was removed on Saturday, the move does not currently affect the many users who have already installed the app on their Apple devices. Deleting an app doesn’t stop the program from running, and Apple has apparently never taken action to prevent a major app from running on all active iPhones.
However, if Parler is never allowed to return to the App Store, the app will eventually lose its compatibility with Apple devices. Apps typically need to be updated at least every few years to stay compatible with new iPhone and iPad software updates.
Alphabet’s Google on Friday removed the app from its Google Play Store, saying it created a “permanent and urgent threat to public safety.” Apple’s decision is arguably more impactful because Android allows applications to be installed through other means than its Google Play Store, while the iPhone and iPad are much more restrictive.
On his App Store page, Parler described himself as a “free speech and impartial social media focused on protecting user rights.“The service has won popularity with extremists like Facebook and Twitter. cracked down on users who encourage violence. Parler CEO John Matze said in a Parler Publish that most of its users are “non-violent people who want to share their opinions”.
Before its deletion on Saturday, Parler climbed to the top of Apple’s App Store rankings, becoming the store’s most downloaded free app. Parler also ranked 18th among free apps on Apple’s App Store in the past 90 days, according to data from Apptopia.
Speak was “used to plan, coordinate and facilitate illegal activity in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, which resulted in (among other things) loss of life, numerous injuries and destruction of property,” Apple said in Friday. letter to the developers of Talking when he threatened to remove the application.
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