After an alert report to previously sent site developers Apple Today confirmed that it has pulled right-wing social media platform Parler from the App Store.
Apple tells TechCrunch,
We have always supported various points of view to be represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the spread of these threats to protect people. We have suspended Parler From the App Store until they resolve these issues.
In light of its decision, Apple sent the following note to the developers of Parler,
For developers of Parler applications,
Thank you for your feedback regarding dangerous and harmful content on Parler. We have determined that the measures you have described are insufficient to address the spread of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.
Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content that encourages violence and illegal activity, and is not in compliance with the App Store review guidelines.
In your response, you mentioned that Parler is taking this material “very seriously for the week”. However, the procedures that the parlor has put in place to prevent or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal material have proved inadequate. In particular, we have continued to detect direct threats of violence and calls for legal action in violation of Guideline 1.1 – Security – Offensive content.
Your response “for the time being”, which does not meet the requirements running in Guideline 1.2 – Security – User generation content, refers to a moderation plan. While there is no perfect system to prevent all dangerous or disgusting user content, apps require robust content moderation schemes to effectively and effectively address these issues. A temporary “task force” is not a sufficient response given the widespread proliferation of harmful material.
For these reasons, your app will be removed from the App Store until we receive an update that is compliant with the App Store review guidelines and you have effectively moderated your service of dangerous and harmful content and Has demonstrated its ability to filter.
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While the app is not currently available through the store, it appears that it will still be available to use for those who have already downloaded it. As noted by The New York Times earlier this week.
If Apple pulls the parlor from the App Store, people will not be able to download the app to their iPhones or iPads. Those who had already downloaded the Parler iPhone app would still be able to use it, but the company would not be able to update the app, meaning it would eventually become obsolete as Apple updated the iPhone software.
News comes after a while Google banned it from Google Play. The app, which became a home for Trump supporters and several high-profile conservatives led by Capitol supporters, was running in violation of Apple’s rules, we understand. Apple’s App Store Guidelines require apps hosting user-generated content for moderation policies to remove violence-causing content.
Despite these policies, neither Apple nor Google took action to remove Parler in the first weeks, even as Trump supporters and other far-right users Used the application to call for violence And Organize their plans To destroy the capitol. The rebellion left five people, Over 50 police officers injured, And Are facing more than a dozen federal charges, other than this Increasing number of arrests The suspects are being identified.
Buzzfeed News On Friday it was reported that the parlor had received a letter from Apple warning that the app would be removed from the App Store within 24 hours, until the company presented a content moderation improvement plan.
Apple’s notice read:
“We have received numerous complaints about objectionable content in your Parler service, alleging that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate and facilitate illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, Caused (among other things) loss of life, multiple injuries, and destruction of property. The application further appears to be used to plan and facilitate illegal and dangerous activities. “
(TechCrunch additionally confirmed Buzzfeed’s reporting.)
Parler CEO John Matt posted in his own Parler account about Apple’s ultimatum that he “does not hate free speech from authoritarians.”
After its removal, Parler ranked No. 1 in the news and No. 13 in the news on the iPhone App Store, according to App Annie’s data. On Friday, it ranked as high as No. 1 on the iPhone’s top chart of free non-game apps, although final data was not available.
Typically, when an app is removed from an App Store, it will continue to function for those who have already installed it. But Parler’s future remains more uncertain than before A growing push inside the amazon To pull the plug on the parler, too.
Currently, the app is hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS), but appears to be in violation AWS Acceptable Use Policy Which may serve as a basis for its removal.
The collective action of tech company employees is playing a key role in some of the decisions being made by Trump and his supporters about the platform’s access to communicate and organize in the days following the capital riots. according to this The washington post, For example, more than 350 Twitter employees signed a letter in which CEO Jack Dorsi and others executed through the company before Trump’s account was permanently suspended.
Trump has now lost the ability to post on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Twitch, to name a few. Meanwhile, Parler’s removal from both App Stores will limit the reach of the somewhat more radical and violent Trump supporter movement, forcing them to more obscure corners of the web. However, many people debate these measures it’s so late, As not only the damage to the Capitol, but to the psyche of the whole nation, has already been done.