Apple provided an ultimatum to Parler, a social network favored by conservatives and extremists, to implement a complete review plan for its platform within the next 24 hours, or it will be eliminated by the App Store.
In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News sent this morning, Apple wrote to Parler executives that there were complaints that the service had been used by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday to plan and coordinate actions against the US Congress. The attack on the building. The uprising killed five people, including the police.
“We have received many complaints about objectionable content in your Parler service, accusing the Parler app of being used to plan, coordinate and promote illegal activities in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021
Apple said: “To ensure that the availability of your applications on the App Store will not be interrupted,” Parler was required to submit updates and “a moderate improvement plan required within 24 hours from the date of news.” On Friday morning. Apple said that if it does not receive the company’s update within this time period, the app will be deleted from the App Store.
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
On Parler, CEO John Matze made a voice of resistance. “We will not succumb to the pressure of anti-competitive actors! We will always enforce the rules against violence and illegal activities. However, we do not want to succumb to politically motivated companies and dictators who hate freedom of speech!” He wrote in a message.
“Anyone who buys an Apple phone is obviously a user. Obviously, by telling you which applications you can and don’t use, they know which application is best for you,” he added.
Parler was launched in 2018 and it has become a safe haven for people who are banned or suspended by popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for violating the rules of social platforms. The Henderson, Nevada-based company positions itself as a free speech alternative to mainstream social networks and has adopted a more relaxed content moderation approach, attracting conspiracy theorists, members of hate groups, and public incitement Violent right-wing radicals. For example, the latest topic about Parler called for the execution of Vice President Mike Pence and encouraged conspiracy theories to believe that left-wing anti-French militants were behind Wednesday’s events.
Republican lawmakers including Senator Ted Cruz and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as President Donald Trump’s family and representatives are in Paller (Parler) established an account and urged followers on other social media sites to migrate there.
“Content with this dangerous and harmful nature is not applicable to the App Store. From previous conversations with App Review, we know that Apple requires that applications with user-generated content must be effectively reviewed to ensure that offensive items are filtered out Potentially harmful content. “Content that threatens the well-being of others or intends to incite violence or other illegal behavior has never been accepted on the App Store. “
The full text of the letter is as follows:
We need your immediate attention to the serious violations of App Store guidelines that we found in your application Parler.
We have received many complaints about objectionable content in your Parler service, accusing the Parler app of being used to plan, coordinate, and promote illegal activities in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, which resulted in (among others) Countless people were killed and property was destroyed. It seems that the application will continue to be used to plan and promote further illegal and dangerous activities.
Our investigation found that Parler cannot effectively review and delete content that encourages illegal activities, and directly violates your own terms of service, seriously threatening the health and safety of users. Please visit: https://legal.parler. com / documents / Elaboration-on-Guidelines.pdf
Examples of these complaints can be viewed at the following links:
This dangerous and harmful content is not applicable to the App Store. From the previous conversation with App Review, we know that Apple requires that applications with user-generated content must be effectively reviewed to ensure that offensive and potentially harmful content is filtered out. Content that threatens the well-being of others or intends to incite violence or other illegal acts has never been accepted on the App Store.
Recently, a CEO was quoted by your CEO: “But I don’t take any responsibility for this, and the platform should not be held responsible, because we are a neutral city square that only obeys the law.” We need to be clear. , Parler is actually responsible for all user-generated content that you appear in the service, and is responsible for ensuring that these content comply with the App Store’s security and user protection requirements. We will not distribute harmful content in dangerous and dangerous applications.
We have now rejected your application because it will be described in detail below.
Guideline 1.1-Security-Objectionable Content
We found that your application contains some content that users may find uncomfortable, offensive or offensive. Specifically, we detected a direct threat of violence and called for illegal action.
Guideline 1.2-Security-User Generated Content
Your app allows the display of user-generated content, but there are not enough precautions to effectively manage objectionable content in your app.
For more details, please see the attached screenshot.
For the App Store, nothing is more important than the safety of our users. You must resolve these issues immediately to keep your application in the App Store.
Please remove all objectionable content from your app and submit the modified binary file for review. Such content includes anything similar to the example of this message, as well as any content that involves harm to people or attacks on government agencies at any date, now or in the future. In addition, you must reply to this message with detailed information about how you intend to review and filter the content in the application, how it will be improved, and the content of such objectionable content filtering services.
To ensure the uninterrupted availability of your application on the App Store, please submit updates and requested review improvement plans within 24 hours from the date of this message. If we do not receive a written update that complies with the App Store Review Guidelines and the required review improvement plan within 24 hours, your app will be deleted from the App Store.
If you have any questions about this email, please reply and let us know.
Application Review Committee