Apple Removes Parler from App Store
Apple has removed Parler from their App Store, claiming that the new social media platform does not adequately police “harmful content.”
Apple released two statements on their decision Saturday. They first said that “there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity” and added that they did not think Parler sufficiently addresses “the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”
The second statement, responding to Parler’s objections, explicated what they briefly said in the first. “Parler has not upheld its commitment to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content encouraging violence and illegal activity,” Apple said.
“You referenced that Parler has been taking this content ‘very seriously for weeks.’ However, the processes Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous or illegal content have proved insufficient. Specifically, we have continued to find direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action in violation of Guideline 1.1 – Safety – Objectionable Content.”
The statement concluded: “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 demonstrated your ability to effectively moderate and filter the dangerous and harmful content on your service.”
It was rumored for at least a day that Apple would take this unprecedented step of censorship. The chaos at the Capitol building Wednesday is clearly being used as a pretext to censor President Trump and other conservatives and label them as “dangerous.”
The Google Play Store will now surely feel the pressure to follow the App Store’s lead.