In a CBS interview, Cook said the app “has some issues with moderation.” However, he said Apple’s “hope is that they do that and get back on the store.”
Parler, which positions itself as a right-wing alternative to Twitter, was banished from the App Store over the weekend. Google also removed Parler from the Google Play store, while Amazon cut off its cloud-hosting service, taking the website offline. (At time of writing, Parler’s website remains down.) Users reportedly utilized the service to help plan the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Cook denied that Apple banned Parler, however. “We suspended them, we did not ban them,” Cook clarified. “We have terms of service for our App Store, and some of those terms of service [Parler CEO John Matze is] in violation of. All we’re asking is he meet the terms of service.”
Apple’s stance on Parler hasn’t necessarily changed. The company previously told Parler that, to remain in the App Store, it needed to start moderating “dangerous and harmful” user comments.
Restoring Parler to the App Store
Whether any of this happens however, remains to be seen. Parler did not take Apple up on its advice at first, leading to the app’s removal from the App Store.
Matze reportedly wrote on Parler (where else?) that, “Apparently they [Apple] believe Parler is responsible for all user generated content on Parler.” He likened Parler’s responsibility for users of the service committing criminal acts to Apple’s own responsibility for anyone using an iPhone to plan a criminal attack.
“Standards not applied to Twitter, Facebook or even Apple themselves, apply to Parler,” he wrote.