Apple lets Parler return to the App Store after promises of moderation

Apple lets Parler return to the App Store after promises of moderation

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Apple lets Parlor return to the App Store after promises of moderation
Parler is expected to be back on the App Store after changing moderation policies.
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The controversial social-networking service Parler will soon reappear in the App Store. Apple reportedly un-banned the service Monday after it promised to start moderating content.

Then service was banned from the iOS and Android software stores after it was used to plan the attack on the U.S. Capital in January.

Parler heads back back to iPhone App Store

Apple told two U.S. Congresspeople on Monday that Parler will be allowed back on the App Store, according to CNN. To make that possible, Parler agreed to begin moderating hate speech and calls to violence.

Previously, Apple told the social-networking service that, “We won’t distribute apps that present dangerous and harmful content.” Apparently, the company no longer believes that includes Parler.

Parler is still banned from the Android software store. But the app can be sideloaded — not something possible with iOS.

Free speech or hate speech

Before Apple removed Parler from the App Store, the iPhone-maker asked the service to moderate “dangerous and harmful” comments. The company that runs the service refused.

The same refusal to moderate got the service kicked off the Google Play Store even before it was taken off the App Store. It also caused Amazon to stop hoisting the service.

This was followed the firing of Parler’s CEO in February. John Matze says he was a voice of conciliation, recommending that the site begin moderating posts from domestic terrorists. That allegedly caused him to be fired by millionaire Rebekah Mercer, who funds the site.