Tech behemoth Apple refused to let controversial social media app Parler back into the App Store after the conservative free speech network was bounced from the platform in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Parler was dropped from Apple in January after failing to implement a content moderation within 24 hours of notice. “Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content encouraging violence and illegal activity, and is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.” the company stated.
Parler was subsequently removed from the Google Play Store and forced to shut down when dropped by host Amazon Web Services, a move that former Parler CEO John Matze called, “a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace.”
“They all work together to make sure at the same time we would lose access to not only our apps, but they’re actually shutting all of our servers off tonight, off the internet,” Matze commented. “They made an attempt to not only kill the app, but to actually destroy the entire company.
Parler relaunched on cloud hosting company SkySilk Inc on February 15th with new community guidelines for posting, but Apple decided the changes weren’t up to snuff. “After having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with App Store Review guidelines,” Apple wrote to Parler. “There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.”
“In fact, simple searches reveal highly objectionable content, including easily identified offensive uses of derogatory terms regarding race, religion and sexual orientation, as well as Nazi symbols,” the letter went on. “For these reasons your app cannot be returned to the App Store for distribution until it complies with the guidelines.”
Parler reportedly axed their last three iOS developers on Wednesday, seemingly signaling they would not further appeal Apple for re-entry into the App Store.