From the Wall Street Journal’s “Apple Threatens to Ban Parler After Capitol Riot” ($) posted Friday evening:
Apple has threatened to ban Parler, a free-speech focused social-media network favored by conservatives, for failing to moderate incitements to violence and illegal activity, according to a notice provided to The Wall Street Journal by John Matze, Parler’s chief executive.
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler App was used to plan, coordinate and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6,” the notice begins. The tech giant said in order for Parler to remain available in the App Store, it had to provide detailed information on its content-moderation plans and “what you will do to improve moderation and content filtering your service for this kind of objectionable content going forward.”
Apple set a deadline of 24 hours for Parler’s compliance…
In recent years, Apple has shown a willingness in the U.S. to pull content from far-right creators deemed controversial, pulling Infowars podcasts in 2018 and Gab AI Inc., a social media app, in 2017. In pulling five Infowars podcasts, Apple said at the time, they didn’t comply with guidelines designed to create a safe environment for users.
See also: Twitter permanently bans Trump in The Verge.
My take: I heard Kara Swisher grilling Matze earlier this week on her Sway podcast. Parler is cooked.