Apple will allow Parler back on the App Store after the app changed its content moderation policies, the tech giant said Monday in a letter to Congress, a win for the besieged social media app after it was kicked off the iOS store following the Capitol riots.
In a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Apple said the app was approved for the App Store last week, and will become available as soon as Parler releases its latest update.
The letter did not specify what changes Parler made to its moderation policies, but Apple said it originally removed Parler earlier this year after it found posts that “encouraged violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, glorified Nazism, and called for violence against specific people” after the January attack on the Capitol.
What is and isn’t allowed on Parler has become the subject of infighting within the company, with former CEO and founder John Matze accusing the app’s leadership team in a lawsuit of refusing to ban neo-Nazi and QAnon groups.
Neither Parler nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment from Forbes.
Parler was founded in 2018 as a free speech alternative to mainstream social networks, and quickly became a refuge for conservatives and right-wing content. But the app was subjected to tighter scrutiny after the Capitol riot, leading Apple and Google to kick it off their app stores. Amazon banned the company from using its cloud computing platform, effectively preventing the app from operating at all. Parler is fighting its Amazon Web Services ban in court while using another cloud provider, Los Angeles-based SkySilk, to host a bare-bones website.
Parler has pushed back against allegations that it is a “far-right instigator.” In a March letter to Democratic lawmakers, Parler said it reported more than 50 violent posts to the FBI before January 6.