Parler Will Be Restored to Apple’s App Store

Apple is to permit the controversial social media app Parler, a well-liked platform with far-right supporters, back onto its App Store.

The app was pulled following the deadly US Capitol riots on 6 January.

In a letter to 2 Republican lawmakers on Monday, Apple said Parler had made updates to its app and content moderation policy that might cause it to be reinstated.

It is not yet clear when Parler will return to the App Store.

The platform is favored in the US by right-wing conservatives and supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The app itself is extremely almost like Twitter in design, however, it brands itself as a “free speech” alternative.

It has previously faced a barrage of criticism for hosting hate speech and faux news.

In the letter, Apple’s director of government affairs, Timothy Powderly, said Parler had violated its guidelines – including hosting posts that “encouraging violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, races, and religions”.

He also said posts on the app had “glorified Nazism”.

However, since Apple took the choice to get rid of Parler from its App Store, Mr. Powderly says Parler has worked to suits its rules.

The letter, which was first reported by CNN, was addressed to 2 Republican lawmakers, Senator Mike Lee and Representative Ken Buck.

It is not yet clear what Parler has agreed to, or how the platform will be moderated in the future.

Parler was banned from both Google and Apple’s app stores after extreme and far-right groups broke into the US Capitol in Washington DC earlier this year.

Amazon also pulled its web-hosting service days after the riots for similar reasons. In February, the platform managed to get back online, however, it has not been downloadable as an app.

Parler’s chief executive Mark Meckler had previously said the choice by Big Tech to chop ties with Parler had been taken “by those that desire to silence tens of millions of Americans”.

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