After the incident at the Capitol on January 6, the media — and social media companies — rushed to throw blame at every conservative they could. President Trump, despite his attempts to calm the crowd. Conservatives in general, despite the peaceful nature of the protest. In the rush to demonize anyone to the Right of Nancy Pelosi, conservative social media network Parler was removed from Apple and Android app stores. Then, Amazon killed its web hosting. Eventually, Parler found a new hosting service that doesn’t hate free speech. But now, he company has won a major victory: it’s back on iPhone app stores.
Noting the company’s commitment to constantly improve its methods of detecting and moderating hate speech — which has always been against Parler’s rules — Apple sent a letter to Congress on Monday announcing that the social media service would be allowed to return. CNN reports:
The letter — addressed to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck and obtained by CNN — explained that since the app was removed from Apple’s platform in January for violations of its policies, Parler “has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices.”On April 14, Apple’s app review team told Parler that its proposed changes were sufficient, the letter continued. Now, all Parler needs to do is to flip the switch.
“Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it,” Apple’s letter said.Apple declined to comment. Parler didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.
When Apple removed Parler from the app store, it was for things that exist on other social media platforms — “hate speech,” glorification of violence, and more. Parler has always made an effort to moderate these things, but the newness of the platform allowed the Left to take advantage of growing pains to cut off access.
We can expect the Left to throw tantrums — but now that the media-stoked furor has died down, we are regaining some sense of sensibility.