Apple – which faces a hearing against trust at Capitol Hill this week – said on Monday it would reinstate Parler to the App Store after nearly four months of absence.
Apple Inc. will allow social media app Parler to return to the App Store after a nearly four-month hiatus, the iPhone maker told US government officials ahead of Congress’s antitrust hearing later this week.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant revealed the information in a letter to Senator Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah and Representative Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado. The social networking app was removed from the App Store in January after it was one of the online networks used to incite violence at the Capitol in Washington. At the time, Apple said it had withdrawn the app for violating content guidelines and said it would consider reinstating the service if Parler makes changes to the content better.
Apple told government officials in the letter that it found posts on Parler “promoting violence, defaming ethnic, racial and religious groups, honoring Nazism and calling for violence. force ”. Since the initial denial, as well as the decline of other updates, Apple has “engaged in significant conversations with Parler in an attempt to bring the Parler app to Code compliance and reinstate it in the App Store. “, The company said in the letter.
Since Parler proposed content moderation changes, Apple said it informed the company on April 14 that it would approve the upcoming update. The letter did not state the changes, but noted that it asked apps to filter for “objectionable material”, providing a way for users to report offensive content, providing the ability to block “abusive users. application “and lists the contact information so that the user can reach the producer.
In a letter on Monday, written by America’s Senior Director of Government Affairs Timothy Powderly, Apple said that it initially decided to remove Parler independently and that it was not coordinating with Google or Amazon. com Inc. Google also removed Parler from its app store, while Amazon banned Parler from running on its cloud service.
Apple’s decision to reinstate Parler came before Wednesday’s hearing by the Senate Committee’s Judiciary Committee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights, sponsored by the Senator. Lee and Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota. Kyle Andeer, Apple’s chief compliance officer, will speak at the hearing, the company said earlier this month.
“Apple’s power over the cost, distribution, and availability of mobile apps on Apple devices used by millions of consumers pose serious competitive issues for the committee and consumers. users and application developers care about, ”Senator wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook ahead of the hearing. “A complete and fair examination of these issues before the subcommittee requests Apple’s participation.”
(Updated with additional context from the mail in the fourth paragraph.)