BREAKING: Apple refuses to allow Parler back in app store

Apple is refusing to allow Parler back into the app store after a recent review, according to breaking news:



 
Here’s more from Bloomberg:

Parler, the controversial conservative social media app, was denied re-entry to Apple Inc.’s App Store recently after it was kicked off the platform in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, documents obtained by Bloomberg show.

On Wednesday, Parler LLC cut its three remaining iOS developers, according to a person familiar with the matter. The company eliminated seven workers in total, most of whom were contractors. The other staff worked on Parler TV and quality assurance, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.

“After having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with App Store Review guidelines” Apple wrote to Parler’s chief policy officer on Feb. 25. “There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.”

Apple said that Parler’s new community guidelines, released when the service came back online Feb. 15, were insufficient to comply with the App store rules.

“In fact, simple searches reveal highly objectionable content, including easily identified offensive uses of derogatory terms regarding race, religion and sexual orientation, as well as Nazi symbols,” Apple wrote to Parler in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg. “For these reasons your app cannot be returned to the App Store for distribution until it complies with the guidelines.”

Parler’s community guidelines were written by Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff, according to two people familiar with the matter. Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Complete and total garbage. You can search twitter and find quite a bit of objectionable content too. Just search for the ‘n-word’ and you’ll see. And I’ve personally reported pornogrpahic videos on Twitter in the past just to see if they’d get removed, and they didn’t.

There is a complete double standard here for Apple to continue blackballing Parler. I don’t believe for a second this is just about their app store guidelines. I think this is more about them not wanting to be the first major company to approve of Parler in any way, shape or form.

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