In a letter on Monday, Apple wrote that since Parler had agreed to modify its content, the free speech app will be returned to the iOS market for download.
In the letter sent to members of Congress, including Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), senior Apple director for government affairs Timothy Powderly said that Parler would be allowed back in its store since it accepted to adjust its content abiding by the tech giant’s policies.
“Apple’s App Review Team has engaged in substantial conversations with Parler to bring the Parler app into compliance with the guidelines and reinstate it in the app store,” wrote Powderly.
The App Review Team announced to Parler on April 14 that since it “proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices,” the updated version of the app will be approved for reinstatement on AppStore.
Rep. Ken Buck assured in a statement that users can rest at peace that the new Parler version “is a huge win for free speech.”
In January, the Twitter-twin app that did not comply with censorship culture was removed from the iOS marketplace, following Apple’s explanation that several of its content over the 2020 election fraud accusations and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot topics were capable of inciting violence. Apple also accused that the app provided a playground for glorified Nazism and races and religious malignance.
“We have always supported diverse points of view being 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 proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” Apple wrote in a statement in regards to Parler’s removal.
Parler, meanwhile, reminded that other platforms still had posts related to the said topics but had not faced any similar consequences from either Apple or any other Big Tech companies.
“The standards that we’re held to are higher than that of Facebook and Twitter,” said former Parler CEO John Matze in an interview. “And that is wrong because that is giving preferential treatment to some clients and some customers and not others.”
In January, Apple, Google Play, and Amazon joined hands in barricading the free speech platform that had attracted many conservatives and Americans who fell victim to censorship from Big Tech giants.
After Amazon kicked Parler off its Web-hosting services in January using the same concern over the content covered by the platform, Parler found a new host for its domain with Epik during the same month.
“Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!” John Matze, the former CEO of Parler, said in a statement in response to Amazon’s suspended contact with the company.
The company’s board fired Matze in early February. Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, has been appointed to fill in his seat as interim chief executive, reported NPR.