A new report said that in a recent review of the App Store platform, Apple refused to allow the controversial conservative social media application Parler to re-enter the App Store. The Cupertino tech giant removed the app after the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6. At the time, Apple said that if Parler changes its review criteria to comply with its terms of service, it can return to the App Store.
Upon relaunching, Parler changed its Community Guidelines to a new policy written by Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff. But according to Bloomberg’s report on Wednesday, the App Store review found that the updated policies and review practices were not sufficient to comply with Apple’s rules.
“After reviewing the new information, we believe that these changes are not sufficient to comply with App Store review guidelines. There is no place for hate, racism, or discriminatory content on the App Store.” Apple said in a letter to Parler on February 25.
Apple included several screenshots in its rejection letter to Parler, including several screenshots showing user profiles with Nazi symbols and white nationalist images, as well as usernames or posts with misogynistic, homosexual or racist user names.
According to Bloomberg News, on Wednesday, a few weeks after receiving the rejection letter, Parler fired the remaining three iOS developers. Parler fired a total of 7 employees, including other employees engaged in Parler TV and application quality assurance.
In its letter to Parler, Apple stated that “a simple search will reveal very offensive content, including easily recognizable derogatory terms about race, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as offensive use of Nazi symbols.”
Apple reiterated that the application cannot be returned to the App Store until it meets market guidelines.