What you need to know
- Apple may pull social media app Parler from the App Store.
- The company says the app failed to moderate content that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Update, January 8 (8:00 pm ET): Google has pulled the Parler app from the Play Store.
As reported by Buzzfeed News, Apple has given Parler, the social media network popular among conservatives, a 24-hour period to address a number of complaints or face removal of the app from the App Store.
Buzzfeed got its hands on an email sent to Parler this morning. In the email, Apple's App Review Board says that it has received complaints that the app features "objectionable content" and that the app was "was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C."
The letter goes on to say that, if Parler does not fix the issues laid out by Apple, including implementing a "moderation improvement plan," the app will be removed from the App Store. Parler's co-owner, Dan Bongino, posted to the platform saying that the move by Apple is a suppression of free speech.
Parler co-owner Dan Bongino says "Apple is threatening to pull the Parler App from the App Store." pic.twitter.com/HV2T9rieAEParler co-owner Dan Bongino says "Apple is threatening to pull the Parler App from the App Store." pic.twitter.com/HV2T9rieAE— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) January 8, 2021January 8, 2021
You can read the full letter from the App Review Board at Apple to Parler below:
A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment to Buzzfeed.
Update, January 8 (8:00 pm ET) — Google has pulled the Parler app from the Play Store.
Google has pulled the conservative social media app Parler from the Play Store. The company echoed Apple's own concerns about the lack of moderation on the platform and its continued use as a way to incite violence as the reason for its removal from the store.
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They did pull it as has Google. I’ve now bought my last iPhone and Mac and for get that iPad I was going to buy with after Christmas. Google doing it too means I will literally got back to a flip phone and not regret it. I hope Parker doesn’t cave to their blackmail
You and me both. Freedom of speech and thought unless we disagree. 1984
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