A day after Parler was removed from the Google Play Store, Apple has made a similar step.
While the social media app was the top free app Saturday, Apple said in a statement sent to USA TODAY that it has suspended Parler.
The social network, launched in 2018, became popular among conservatives and an unmoderated home to more extreme views in 2020 when both Facebook and Twitter tightened up their content moderation and labeling.
“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity,” Apple’s statement said. “Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”
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Apple said Parler is suspended until it resolves the issues. Parler did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Parler CEO John Matze said in a post on Thursday it was against the moves by Facebook and Twitter.
“It’s clear that Facebook and Twitter believe the ends justify the means. They believe the American people are weak. They insult our founding fathers by suggesting Zuckerburg and Dorsey know what is best for us. Parler is not an arbiter of truth. We believe in you,” Matze said.
Supporters say Parler is preserving free speech and is correcting for the overreach of the mainstream social media platforms, which applied labels to or limited the reach of many of President Donald Trump’s misleading posts during the week of the election.
Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were blocked from posting “indefinitely” on Thursday. Twitter took a stronger step by permanently suspending Trump from its platform on Friday night.
Contributing: Jessica Guynn, Josh Rivera, Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY
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