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Apple Removes Parler from the App Store

Apple gave the social media alternative to Twitter, Parler, 24 hours to create an intense moderation policy or it would be booted from the Apple App Store.

Apple: “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.”

Parler, which launched in 2018 which has become the alternative Twitter for President Trump supporters and right-wing extremists has gained steam as allies of the President use it to spread their message. The platform was instrumental to communicate amongst the domestic terrorists during the insurrection attempt on the U.S. Capitol. As USA Today reports:

On Parler, the Proud Boys, a group with a history of violence, promoted a video purportedly of a D.C. police officer expressing support for the radical leftist “antifa” and encouraging violence against Proud Boys. Nationalist Social Club, New England, posted an image from Freedom Plaza claiming the authorities were “in bed with the reds.” 

Accounts connected to supporters of Trump, QAnon and far-right anti-government group III%ers explicitly or implicitly call for violence on Parler, with some asserting Wednesday, “the war begins today.” 

After failing to comply to Apple’s terms the Parler App has been removed from the App Store and is no longer available for download. Yesterday, Google booted the conservative social media app from their Play Store.

Parler CEO John Matze made the following statement yesterday about the potential removal of their App from two of the biggest tech companies.

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