Apple responds to Lee and Buck, reversing Parler decision

Today, Apple sent a letter to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) informing them of their decision to allow Parler’s return to the iOS App Store. OnMarch 31st, Sen. Lee and Rep. Buck sent a letter to the CEOs of Google, Apple, and Amazon questioning actions their companies took against Parler in January of this year, including Apple’s removal of Parler from its App Store.

Apple’s response reads in part:

“In the period since Apple removed the Parler app from the App Store, Apple’s App Review Team has engaged in substantial conversations with Parler in an effort to bring the Parler app into compliance with the Guidelines and reinstate it in the App Store. As a result of those conversations, Parler has proposed updates to its app and the app’s content moderation practices, and the App Review Team has informed Parler as of April 14, 2021 that its proposed updated app will be approved for reinstatement to the App Store. Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasing it.”

The full letter text can be found here.