Apple will allow Parler to return to its App Store, according to a report first reported by CNN on Monday.
in the the letter Addressed Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Apple said, “Parler has proposed updates to its app and the methods for moderating content on the app that match the app’s needs Store would reconcile rules. Parler can now return as soon as the app is available in the store again.
March 31st @ SenMikeLee and I sent a letter asking for answers as to why Apple removed Parler from the App Store.
Today we received an answer: Parler is being discontinued in the App Store. Huge gain for freedom of speech. pic.twitter.com/FQBDSSSFGk
– Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 19, 2021
In January, Apple and Google Parler, a conservatively favored social media app, was removed after users of the app were accused of promoting violence before and after a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol. Before the ban, Apple urged Parler to remove hateful and violent content from the app within 24 hours in order to stay on the App Store. Parler didn’t propose any changes, so it was removed on January 9th.
Days later, Amazon also dropped Parlerciting similar threats of violence. In this way, Amazon Parler effectively took Parler completely offline until the site could find a replacement web host. After Parler closed, it became the company’s CEO, John Matze was fired deprived of the company and later of all of its shares. Parler found a new web host and left back online in February.
Apple’s decision to bring Parler back comes only a few days in front of the company is supposed to testify before the congress about its App Store practices. Google will also send a witness to testify at the hearing scheduled for Wednesday.