Apple is threatening to ban Parler from its App Store unless certain censorship policies are met, according to Sean Davis, Co-Founder of the Federalist. Google banned Parler from the Google Play Store within the past hour.
BREAKING: Apple is currently threatening to ban Parler — the free speech alternative to Twitter — unless the service enacts draconian censorship policies demanded by left-wing Big Tech oligarchs, according to two sources familiar with Apple’s threats,” said Davis.
According to BuzzFeed News, Apple has given Parler 24 hours to create new moderation guidelines.
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property,” Apple wrote to Parler. “The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”
In an email obtained by BuzzFeed, Apple stated to Parler that “to ensure there is no interruption of the availability of your app on the App Store,” Parler needs to submit an update and a “requested moderation improvement plan within 24 hours of the date of the message,” which was sent on Friday morning. Apple said if Parler did not comply within that time frame, the app would be removed from the App store.
In a statement to CNS NEWS, Parler CEO John Matze stated that he would not be making any changes.
“We plan on enforcing our [terms of service] and complying with law enforcement as we usually do,” said Matze. “Apple believes they are in a political position strong enough to protect their anti-competitive interests by enforcing their censorship onto people on Parler.”
Both Apple and Google are facing pressure to deplatform Parler, a social media network designed to be a free speech alternative to current social media websites. Activist group “Sleeping Giants” called for the deplatforming of Parler on both Apple and Google’s app stores.
In an interview Thursday with the New York Times, Matze stated that and posts that indicated the Capital Hill riots were “illegally organized and against the law” would have already been removed.
“But I don’t feel responsible for any of this and neither should the platform, considering we’re a neutral town square that just adheres to the law,” said Matze.
Other social media networks have been censored by big tech companies in the past. After a gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh Synagogue, PayPal and other companies banned social media network Gab from its platform, which the gunman had used.