Apple has implemented a 24-hour comprehensive review plan for the conservative social network Parler, delete objectionable content or face a permanent ban from the App Store. BuzzFeed News.
In an email sent to Parler this morning, Apple said it had received a complaint that the app had been used by supporters of President Donald Trump to plan and coordinate the infiltration of the US Capitol on Wednesday. Apple said that the Parler application violated objectionable content and user-generated content guidelines.
We need your immediate attention to serious violations of the “App Store” guidelines discovered by 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 does not apply 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 behavior has never been accepted in the “App Store”.
Quoting your CEO: “But I am not responsible for this, nor should the platform, because we are a neutral city square that abides by the law.” We need to be clear that Parler is actually responsible for your presence on the service. And is responsible for ensuring that these content meet the requirements of the App Store’s security and user protection. We will not distribute apps that display dangerous and harmful content.
Apple requires Parler to submit updates and a “requested moderate improvement plan” within 24 hours of receiving the email on Friday morning. If Parler does not comply, the app will be pulled from the “App Store”.
Parler CEO John Matze said on social networks that Parler would not “give in to politically motivated companies and dictators who hate free speech.” Since its launch in 2018, Parler claims to be a free voice alternative to mainstream social networks with more relaxed content review rules, attracting those who have been banned or suspended on Twitter, Facebook and other mainstream social networks.
In related news, the social network Twitter announced today that it has permanently suspended the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump. Twitter said the account was suspended due to “the danger of further inciting violence”.
Twitter yesterday suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after posting a video yesterday calling the mob “very special” and repeating allegations of election fraud.
Twitter said that if Trump deletes the tweet, the account will be unlocked, but warns that further violations will result in a permanent ban. Facebook and Instagram also ban Trump indefinitely, and Google Play deleted the Parler app on Friday night.
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