Apple said it will allow Parler, the social app popular among conservatives as a so-called “free speech” alternative to mainstream services, to be published again in the App Store — citing Parler’s improved ability to remove hate speech and incitement to violenece.
“Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it,” Apple said in a letter sent Monday to members of Congress.
The the tech giant’s move to reinstate Parler is a “huge win for free speech,” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted Monday, along with the text of the letter. Apple addressed the letter to Buck and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who last month had formally queried Apple about the app’s suspension.
In the days after the deadly pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, Apple pulled Parler from the App Store, citing threats of violence and illegal activity on the app. Apple “looked at the incitement to violence that was on [the Parler app] and… we don’t consider that free speech,” CEO Tim Cook said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” in January.