Controversial social media app Parler, that is described as popular with far-right supporters, will be back on Apple’s App Store after being pulled in connection with the mob storming the US Capitol on January 6. Apple has informed lawmakers that it will be back on the store after Parler had made updates of its content moderation policy.
The information about the app returning to Apple’s store comes just before Apple and Google’s Android are to participate in a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel about antitrust concerns. Other companies like Spotify have complained about the two stores’ market dominance.
It is not clear when the app will be available again. The Twitter-like app has been described as especially popular with right wing conservatives and Donald Trump supporters, and has been criticized for carrying hate speech and disinformation.
After January 6, also Android’s store removed the app and Amazon closed its webhosting. Parler CEO said the actions were taken “by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans”.