Apple to reinstate Parler on its app store

Apple told lawmakers on Monday it will reinstate Parler on its app store now that the popular-with-conservatives social network plans to adopt new content moderation rules.

How we got here: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, the top Republicans on the House and Senate antitrust panels, grilled the tech giant in a letter last month on whether it treated Parler fairly in removing it from the Apple App Store after the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol.

The company said in January that Parler had “not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety,” citing the platform’s use by people who had planned, promoted or carried out the rampage. (The rioters also used major platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.)

In a letter sent to the lawmakers on Monday, an Apple executive said the company had “engaged in substantial conversation” with Parler about bringing the app into compliance with its rules.

“As a result of those conversations, Parler has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices, and the App Review Team has informed Parler as of April 14, 2021 that its proposed update app will be approved for reinstatement to the App Store,” wrote Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director for government affairs for the Americas.

Under fire: Conservatives have skewered both Apple and Google for booting Parler from their app stores after the Jan. 6 riots. The app did not appear on Apple’s App Store as of Monday morning. It remains booted from Google’s Play Store.


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