Apple Inc has suspended Parler from the App Store, stating that the social networking service has not taken adequate measures to prevent the distribution of posts that incite violence.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until these problems are resolved,” said the iPhone manufacturer in a statement on Saturday.
Apple had given the service 24 hours to come up with a detailed moderation schedule, which indicated that attendees were using the service to coordinate the siege of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Parler chief executive John Matze said Apple banned the service until it abandons freedom of speech and introduces “comprehensive and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook.”
“They claim it was due to violence on the platform. The community disagrees with us as we are # 1 in their business today,” Matze said in a post on Parler.
Right-wing social media users in the US have come to Parler, the messaging app Telegram and the hands-off social site Gab, and have spearheaded the more aggressive monitoring of political comments on mainstream platforms like Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc. Twitter finally blocked President Donald Trump’s account on Friday.
“More details on our next plans will follow shortly as we have many options,” said Matze.
Apple’s move follows a similar move by Google of Alphabet Inc., which Parler suspended Friday, saying it would have to demonstrate “robust” moderation of content if it wants to get back on the store.
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