A Bloomberg report on Wednesday claimed that Apple has reportedly denied social media company Parler’s bid to reenter the iOS App Store, saying its platform hasn’t addressed problems with offensive content including Nazi symbols.
According to the Bloomberg report, Apple said that Parler’s latest community guidelines still didn’t meet its standards. “As you know, developers are required to implement robust moderation capabilities to proactively identify, prevent and filter this objectionable content to protect the health and safety of users In fact, simple searches reveal highly objectionable content, including easily identified offensive uses of derogatory terms regarding race, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as Nazi symbols,” it reportedly told Parler. “For these reasons, your app cannot be returned to the App Store for distribution until it complies with the guidelines.”
Apple and Google both banned the app from their mobile stores in January, following the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. Amazon also took the site offline by suspending its web hosting agreement, saying representatives had raised concerns about violent threats preceding the attack. Parler responded by filing suit against Amazon, although it has since relaunched on a different hosting service.
“After having reviewed the new information, we do not believe these changes are sufficient to comply with App Store Review guidelines,” Apple wrote to Parler’s chief policy officer on Feb. 25. “There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store.” Apple included several screenshots to support the rejection. Some screenshots, reviewed by Bloomberg, show user profile pictures with swastikas and other white nationalist imagery, and user names and posts that are misogynistic, homophobic, and racist.
The report by Bloomberg also went on to state that Parler cut ties with its last three iOS app developers alongside four other employees. “The company eliminated seven workers in total, most of whom were contractors. The other staff worked on Parler TV and quality assurance said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters,” claimed the report. The company still maintains an Android app that can be side-loaded from outside Google’s Play Store, and its site relaunched on February 15th.