Parler’s iOS app for the conservative social media platform is back in the Apple App Store today, after the company says “months of productive dialogue with Apple.”
“The entire Parler team has worked hard to address Apple’s concerns without compromising on our core responsibilities,” Mark Meckler, Parler’s interim CEO, said in an email to Limit on Monday. “Everything allowed on the Parler network but not on the iOS app is still available through our web-based and Android versions. This is a profit for Parler, its users and freedom of speech.”
Parler, who bills himself as a free alternative to Facebook or Twitter, was forbidden Apple, Google and Amazon after the January 6 uprising in the U.S. Capitol. According to the companies, Parler had not properly dealt with violent threats and hostile content on his platform, which encouraged the riot.
Apple re-approved by Parler last month after that initially rejected its application for return in March; Apple said at the time that Parler still had “very disgusting content,” including Nazi images and other hate symbols. Parler says its algorithm is now able to “automatically detect violent or inciting content while preserving user privacy. Such content has always violated Parler’s guidelines.”
Parler is still banned from the Google Play Store, although users can still download the app to Android. Parler sued Amazon, which had provided the site’s online service, but the suit is so far has not gone well in court.
As Meckler said in a statement, Parler’s iOS app complies with Apple’s requirements and “excludes some content that Parler would otherwise allow,” the company said in a press release. “However, that content will continue to appear at the user’s discretion in the online and Android versions of the platform.”
After the January deplatforming, Parler tried to get online. Former CEO John Matze said at some point that even the company’s salespeople and lawyers had “Ditched” him. Matze was fired in February, he said from the board, which included Rebekah Mercer significant conservative Mercer family.