Apple will let Parler, a social media app popular with conservatives, back onto the App Store after Parler made attempts to improve its speech detection and moderation.
What’s happening: Parler is getting access to Apple’s massive App Store again after being suspended for inadequate hate speech policies following the January 6 Capitol riot, according to a letter Apple sent to Congress Monday.
Why it matters: Getting back on the App Store is a major win for conservatives and Parler, who had accused Apple of silencing them.
- On Wednesday, Apple will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about competition in app stores.
What they’re saying: Apple’s letter tells Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) that Parler proposed updates to its content moderation practices, and Apple told Parler on April 14 its changes were enough to get back on the App Store.
- “Huge win for free speech,” Buck tweeted.
- Former Parler CEO John Matze was terminated by the company’s board in February after fights about the site’s policies.