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Apple CEO says he hopes Parler 'comes back' after content moderation fixes

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/5/2021 Nihal Krishan
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday that he hopes social media platform Parler can adjust its content moderation standards so that the tech giant can reverse its ban and allow users to download the Parler app on Apple devices again.

"I hope that they come back on," Cook said Monday on the Sway, a New York Times podcast. "I’m hoping that they put in the moderation that’s required to be on the store and come back, because I think having more social networks out there is better than having less." Cook said twice that he hopes Parler is able to return to his company's app store.

Parler was kicked off the app store in January for inciting violence related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In March, the platform was denied reentry into Apple's app store because Apple requested the social network to change its moderation practices but ruled its new community guidelines are still insufficient to comply with the app store rules.

The platform, favored by many conservatives, went completely offline after Jan. 6, cutting ties with Amazon Web Services, which hosted its website, and being removed from Google and Apple's app stores. The website relaunched in February with support from cloud hosting company SkySilk.

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Cook added that Parler had successfully moderated user content for long periods in the past but was not able to in the period before and after the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

"You can’t be inciting violence or allow people to incite violence," said Cook. "And they had moved from moderating to not being able to moderate. But we gave them a chance to cure that. And they were unable to do that or didn’t do that. And so we had to pull them off."

Parler launched to counter other mainstream social media apps and prided itself on its embrace of free speech, as well as a "respect for privacy and personal data," according to its website.

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The Washington Examiner asked Parler for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Tags: News, Policy, Technology, Parler, Apple, Google, Apps, Censorship

Original Author: Nihal Krishan

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