Apple Inc has suspended Parler from the App Store, saying the social networking service has not taken sufficient measures to protect against the spread of posts inciting violence.
“We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” the iPhone maker stated in a statement Saturday.
Apple had provided the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation program, pointing to participants’ working with the service to coordinate Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol.
Parler Chief Executive John Matze stated Apple was banning the service till it provides up free of charge speech and institutes “broad and invasive policies like Twitter and Facebook.”
“They claim it is due to violence on the platform. The community disagrees as we hit number 1 on their store today,” Matze stated in a post on Parler.
Right-leaning social media customers in the United States have flocked to Parler, messaging app Telegram and hands-off social web-site Gab, citing the more aggressive policing of political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc . Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday.
“More details about our next plans coming soon as we have many options,” Matze stated.
Apple’s action follows a related move by Alphabet Inc’s Google, which on Friday suspended Parler, saying that it ought to demonstrate “robust” content moderation if it desires to get back in the retailer.