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Social media app Parler, banned from pretty much everywhere due to right wing propaganda, racism and calls for violence on its platform, has once again been shunned by Apple.
Parler had initially been banned from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store in January, following the deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol, and the service went offline after it was banned by Amazon and rejected by other hosting providers. In February, Parler went back online, together with new community guidelines.
According to Bloomberg, Apple denied Parler re-entry to the App Store after reviewing the new guidelines.
“After having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with App Store Review guidelines. There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store,” Apple wrote to Parler’s chief policy officer on Feb. 25, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg.
Apple also reportedly provided some screenshots to support the above, including those of user profile pictures with swastikas, as well as posts and user names that are racist, homophobic and misogynistic.
In its letter, Apple argued that developers are required to provide “robust moderation capabilities” to prevent and get rid of this type of stuff. Instead, Apple said, “simple searches” were enough to find this content on Parler.
In January, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Parler would be allowed back into the App Store “if they get their moderation together.”
As it stands now, this could be the end of the line for Parler on iOS. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the company fired its three remaining iOS developers on Wednesday, together with four other workers. The company CEO and co-founder John Matze was fired in February.
We’ve reached out to Parler regarding Bloomberg’s report and will update this article when we hear back.
ที่มา : Mashable