Apple Removes Parler from the App Store [Update]
Following in the footsteps of Google, Parler, the ‘free speech’ social network has been removed from the App Store. The app was used to organize riots at the Capitol in Washington, DC, last week.
Apple gave Parler 24 hours to update its app to adhere to App Store guidelines, but according to the iPhone maker, the app failed to do so.
Parler was told by the App Store review team, “We have determined that the measures you describe are inadequate to address the proliferation of dangerous and objectionable content on your app.”
Parler is no longer on the App Store, but those that have already downloaded the app can still use it. Parler won’t be able to update the app, and a future iOS update could render the app inoperable.
“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. 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,” said Apple in a statement to TechCrunch.
Update: Amazon is kicking Parler off its AWS web hosting service, rendering the social network offline, starting on Sunday, January 10th, at 11:59PM PST.
NEW: Amazon is booting Parler off AWS, its web hosting service, knocking the pro-Trump social network offline until it finds a new host. https://t.co/zdR68ASJM2
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