Documents obtained by Bloomberg show that the controversial conservative social media application Parler recently launched the platform after the congressional riots on January 6, but was recently denied access to Apple’s App Store again.
People familiar with the matter said that on Wednesday, Parler cut the remaining three iOS developers. The company eliminated a total of 7 workers, most of whom were contractors. The person, who asked not to be named, said that other staff work in Parler TV and the quality assurance department.
In January, when Apple initially removed Parler from the App Store, Apple asked the social network to change its review methods. Apple said that the new community guidelines issued by Parler when the service relaunched on February 15 were not sufficient to comply with App Store rules.
“After reviewing the new information, we believe that these changes are not sufficient to comply with App Store review guidelines.” Apple wrote to Parler’s chief policy officer on February 25. Shop. “
Apple provided some screenshots to support rejection. Some screenshots reviewed by Bloomberg show user profile pictures with swastikas and other white nationalist imagery, as well as user names and posts with disgusting, homosexual, and racist colors.
Apple added in its letter to Parler: “As we all know, developers must implement powerful audit functions to proactively identify, prevent and filter this offensive content to protect the health and safety of users.”
Apple wrote: “In fact, a simple search will reveal offensive content, including easily identifiable derogatory terms and Nazi symbols that offend race, religion, and sexual orientation,” Apple wrote: “For these reasons, you The app cannot be returned to the App Store in the following way: until it meets the guidelines.”
Two people familiar with the matter said that Parler’s Community Guidelines were written by Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff. Parler did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
After the riots in the U.S. Capitol, Parler went offline. Amazon Web Services severed relations with Parler, and Google and Apple removed Parler from their mobile app stores. With the support of the cloud hosting company SkySilk, the Parler website was relaunched in February.
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