Speak could return to the App Store shortly after Apple gives it the green light. Apple written in a letter to Congress that the updates proposed by Parler for better detection and moderation of hate speech and violent rhetoric were sufficient.
Timothy Powderly, Apple’s senior director for government affairs in the Americas, wrote that since its removal Speak from the App Store in January, Apple had “engaged in substantial conversations” with the team behind the application to make it comply with the rules of the App Store.
“As a result of those conversations, Parler offered updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices,” Powderly wrote of the decision, which was first reported by CNN. The App Review Team notified Parler on April 14, 2021 that its updated app proposal would be approved for reinstatement in the App Store. Apple expects the updated Speak app to be immediately available. as soon as Parler publishes it. “
Apple sent the letter to Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ken Buck, who asked Apple on March 31 for details on why it kicked Talk. He said the app review team found “a significant number of posts on the Speak app that clearly violated guideline 1.1.1. [on “Objectionable Content], including messages that encouraged violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, races and religions, glorified Nazism, and called for violence against specific people. “
On January 8, Apple gave Speak 24 hours to respond with a sufficient plan to improve moderation on the platform. Talking didn’t do that, and Apple deleted the app.
Google released Parler from the Play Store around the same time, and Amazon Web Services launched the application from its servers after months of warnings about violent threats On the platform. To talk later Amazon sued. Apple said it made its decision independently of Google and Amazon, and did not discuss the issue with them.
Speak attempted to return to the App Store in March, but Apple still found that the service contained “highly objectionable content.” The app is touted as an alternative to “free speech” on Twitter. It gained popularity among far-right supporters and Donald Trump before Apple and Google launched it in their app stores in the wake of the January 6 uprising at the Capitol.
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