Apple says it will kick Parler off the App Store in 24 hours unless content is moderated

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Apple has informed the social media network Parler that it has 24 hours to rid the platform of inappropriate content, or else face removal from the App Store. The news was first reported by Input Mag, who obtained a copy of the email sent from Apple to Parler.

In an email sent by Apple to Parler this morning (Pacific Time) and obtained by Input, the company provided numerous examples of Parler users explicitly calling for violence and referenced CEO John Matze’s comment that he doesn’t “feel responsible for any of this and neither should the platform.”

Apple added in the email that it disagrees with Parler’s hands-off approach to moderation, emphasizing that it will not distribute apps that include the types of content found on Parler. Apple says that Parler is responsible for all user-generated content, as per the App Store Review Guidelines.

“We want to be clear that Parler is in fact responsible for all the user generated content present on your service and for ensuring that this content meets App Store requirements for the safety and protection of our users,” the company said. “We won’t distribute apps that present dangerous and harmful content.”

Apple specifically cites the “illegal activities” that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6 as an example. Apple writes that Parler was used to “plan, coordinate, and facilitate” what happened.

“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 (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

If the content cited by Apple is not removed within the next 24 hours, then the Parler app will be kicked out of the App Store.

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Just build your own social media platform, bro.

Not that I care about Parler, never even visited the site before...
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
 

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Except none of those screenshots on the Input article prove that Parler was used to "plan, coordinate, and facilitate" the incident? Even the post everyone is whining about and reporting doesn't involve planning or coordinating. If you're going to make an accusation like that, at least try to come up with some relevant examples to back it up.
 

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I'd love to see some specific examples of how violence was being planned and encouraged on Parler, after seeing Twitter's pathetic excuses for banning Trump (claiming that Trump not attending the inauguration is him telling his supporters it's safe to bomb it or something).
 

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The internet was a better place before cesspits like Twitter and its clones ala Parler ever existed.

“We want to be clear that Parler is in fact responsible for all the user generated content present on your service and for ensuring that this content meets App Store requirements for the safety and protection of our users,” the company said. “We won’t distribute apps that present dangerous and harmful content.”

Yet they have no problem with Twitter being the go-to website for pornstar / thot promotion.

“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

The same reasoning could be used to shutdown any social media platform that allows users to communicate between each other, either via direct messages or public posts.
 

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First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Oh the horror you have to use the browser on your overpriced shitty Apple product to go the Trump flavored version of twitter.
Can you even call this life.

Man conservatives are whinny.
 

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Whaddabout Twitter still allowing ANTIFA and BLM to plan on their platfor-

Oh. Right. The plot to subvert the West.

"We want you to be effective, but not too effective. And certainly not in a way that we disagree with."

Freedom of speech his dead you cant down load a app, but have to use a browser to access the site. Literally worse then every thing bad in the world so sad.
 

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Oh no, what will the world do without the opinion of Patriot John * 1488 * The Storm *?
That's a narrow view and you know that proud racist assholes aren't the only people that are going to be removed.

You want to keep those kinds of people up on the surface so that they can be seen. Pushing them underground is the dumbest thing you can do because you're never going to see them coming. And eventually you too will run afoul of someone and lose your liberty as well. It may not be today or next week or next year, but they'll come for you too.

 

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That's a narrow view and you know that proud racist assholes aren't the only people that are going to be removed.

You want to keep those kinds of people up on the surface so that they can be seen. Pushing them underground is the dumbest thing you can do because you're never going to see them coming. And eventually you too will run afoul of someone and lose your liberty as well. It may not be today or next week or next year, but they'll come for you too.

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Perler is still there are you so boomer you don't know how to use a internet browser??
 
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That's a narrow view and you know that proud racist assholes aren't the only people that are going to be removed.

You want to keep those kinds of people up on the surface so that they can be seen. Pushing them underground is the dumbest thing you can do because you're never going to see them coming. And eventually you too will run afoul of someone and lose your liberty as well. It may not be today or next week or next year, but they'll come for you too.

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It's still there, just not on the app store. Apple and Google have every right to police their app store
 

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It's still there, just not on the app store. Apple and Google have every right to police their app store
But it's not 2003 anymore; we both know that the vast majority of users are accessing these sites from their cellphones. It's a continuation of the premise that these tech platforms constitute the public square and my complaint is entirely consistent with that. These are the exceptions that prove the rule. Yes private businesses have the right of full control over their enterprise; unless and until that enterprise becomes a monopoly in its space.

"Make your own Twitter." Okay, people did that because Twitter was a monolith in its space and any close competition like Facebook moved in lock step with them.

Well now "our own Twitter" is being policed by Apple and Google and they have absolute control over the mobile phone market. Do we need to make our own cellphone hardware now? Build our own cellular networks? Where does it stop? Why not make our own country at that point? These people just want to talk and share ideas and maybe not all of them are good but it is their right according to the Constitution of the United States to do so.

For all your talk about Trump supporters conveniently glossing over details to make their points more salient, you're sure going far to excuse behavior that conveniently silences people you disagree with.

You can sideload on android, no big deal.
I appreciate the sentiment, but workarounds like this are not conceivable to most users and are not a substitute for their rights.