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One day later Notify parler Apple has suspended Parler over a potential ban for serious violations of the App Store policies, pending the makers of the app to resolve their content moderation challenges.
“We have always supported different points of view that are represented in the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats from violence and illegal activity,” Apple said in a statement I received by email. “Parler has not taken adequate steps to counter the spread of these threats to human security. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these issues are resolved. “
The Parler app can no longer be downloaded and installed from the App Store. (Checked and verified starting at 5:00 p.m. Pacific, January 9th.)
It is important to note that Apple has suspended Do not speak forbidden it. That said, if Parler can implement content moderation standards that conform to App Store guidelines, Apple will likely restore the app.
In response, Parler CEO John Matze told Parler that Apple was against free speech.
“Apple will ban Parler until we give up free speech, put in place comprehensive and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook, and become a surveillance platform by pursuing the guilt of those who use Parler before innocence,” he said. “They claim that there is violence on the platform. The community disagrees as we reach # 1 in their business today. “
Apple provided examples of Parler content that did not meet App Store guidelines in its warning yesterday, and more is available with just a cursory search. Here are some that I just found today, including one that uses the N word that was passed on to the ParlerWatch subreddit.
Apple’s full email to Parler:
“To the developers of the Parler app:
“Thank you for your response regarding dangerous and harmful content on Parler. We have determined that the measures you have described are insufficient to combat the spread of dangerous and offensive content in your app.
“Parler has failed to meet its obligation to moderate and remove harmful or dangerous content that leads to violence and illegal activity, and it does not comply with the guidelines for review on the App Store.
“In your reply, you indicated that Parler has been taking this content very seriously ‘for weeks’. However, the practices Parler has put in place to moderate or prevent the spread of dangerous and illegal content have proven inadequate. In particular, we continued to see direct threats of violence and incitement to illegal activity in violation of Policy 1.1 – Security – inappropriate content.
“For the time being, your answer also relates to a moderation plan that does not meet the ongoing requirements in Policy 1.2 – Security – User Generated Content. While there is no perfect system to prevent all dangerous or hateful user content, apps must have solid content moderation plans in place in order to proactively and effectively address these issues. A temporary “task force” is not a sufficient answer given the widespread distribution of harmful content.
“For these reasons, your app will be removed from the App Store until we receive an update that meets the guidelines for review in the App Store and you have demonstrated your ability to effectively moderate the dangerous and harmful content of your service and to filter. “
“Regards, App Review Board”
John Matze, CEO of Parler, has called Twitter a “cowardly authoritarian” for blocking Donald Trump from using the service, stating that Google’s suspension of the Parler app yesterday was “a terrible way to deal with it.”
In his statement on Parler, Matze also said that other platforms were just as bad as Parler and complained about technical “monopolies”.
“That same day, Hang Mike Pence, a disgusting violent proposition, was trending nationwide on Twitter. The display of Apple’s horrific double standards and their huge technology package applies to the community. Apple, a software monopoly, does not offer any alternatives to installing apps Your phone, except the store. We don’t own our phones, Apple just rents them to us. Apple, Google, and the rest of the anti-competitive pack of great tech bullies are coordinating their moves and working together to stifle competition in the market. Others Details on our next plans will follow shortly as we have many options. “