Apple CEO Tim Cook hopes the right-wing social media network Parler, which was forced offline after the uprising at the US Capitol, returns to the company’s app store.
During the New York Times “Sway” podcast on Monday, Cook said he hopes the company will “come back” after putting in the “moderation required to be in the store.”
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“I think having more social networks out there is better than having less,” Cook said.
Earlier this year, the app had been suspended from Apple’s and Google’s app stores and kicked off with Amazon’s web hosting service for its connection to the siege of the US Capitol in January.
Google first sent the Parlor’s smartphone app from the app store to allow posts that seek to “encourage ongoing violence in the United States.” Apple followed up a day later after giving Parler a day to address complaints that were used to “plan and facilitate further illegal and dangerous activities.”
We work hard to get people in the store, not to keep people out of the store, “the chef said on” SWAY. “
Apple’s unique move resulted from the app’s inability to take “adequate measures to address the spread” of threats of violence and illegal activity.
“We have always supported the various views represented in the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement to FOX Business in January. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the spread of these threats to public safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
At the time, the App Reviews Board sent a letter to Parler executives explaining that their app would be “removed from the App Store until we receive an update that complies with the App Store Review Policy, and you have demonstrated your ability to effectively moderate and filter the dangerous and harmful content of your service. “
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According to reports, Cook previously noted that the app would be allowed back as long as it complied with Apple’s terms of service.
“We work hard to get people in the store, not to keep people out of the store,” Cook said in the Times podcast.
In February, Parler announced that they would restart and would not be dependent on “Big Tech.”
Guidelines available on the site, dated February 14, said that Parler would use technology and human review to remove “threatening or encouraging content.” They said a “community jury” led by a Parler employee would hear appeals.
FOX Business’ Audrey Conklin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.