Apple Will Reinstate Parler on App Store in a Victory for Free Speech

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 19, 2021   |   3:44PM   |   Washington, DC

The social media platform Parler will be back on the Apple store in a victory for free speech months after the tech giant banned it. Millions of conservative Americans began using Parler as a Twitter alternative as twitter’s censorship and bias grew.

But days after Twitter banned President Donald Trump from its platform, Apple banned Parler. Ultimately, Parler went offline after liberal executives at Amazon took their servers offline, prompting the social media platform to file a lawsuit against the Big Tech giant.

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Parler relaunched on its web site in February and now its app will be back in the Apple store:

Apple said Monday it approved an updated version of Parler and that the app will be available again soon in the App Store.

Parler, the social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter, was removed from the App Store and Google Play in the days following the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Google and Apple removed the app over “objectionable content.”

In a letter to two U.S. lawmakers, Apple said Monday it stands behind its decision to remove the app but that Apple’s Review Team has now approved an update that will allow users to download the app again. Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) had written to Apple last month asking why the app was still banned.

In a statement during its relaunch, Parler billed itself as “the world’s #1 free speech social media platform with over 20 million users” and said it was announcing its official relaunch today, built on sustainable, independent technology and not reliant on so-called “Big Tech” for its operations.

“Parler’s relaunch—open to Americans of all viewpoints—is available immediately,” the statement said.

“Parler was built to offer a social media platform that protects free speech and values privacy and civil discourse. When Parler was taken offline in January by those who desire to silence tens of millions of Americans, our team came together, determined to keep our promise to our highly engaged community that we would return stronger than ever. We’re thrilled to welcome everyone back,” said Mark Meckler, Interim CEO at Parler.

Meckler added: “Parler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay. We will thrive as the premier social media platform dedicated to free speech, privacy and civil dialogue.”

Parler was first launched in August 2018 and was taken offline by Amazon on January 10. Parler’s new platform is built on robust, sustainable, independent technology, its officials say and they add that Parler’s launch is intended to bring it back online for its current users only in the first week, with new users being able to sign up starting the following week.

“Parler’s Executive Committee is conducting a thorough search for a permanent CEO to lead Parler as it continues to grow and expand its reach and impact,” it said.

Millions of pro-life conservatives moved to the Parler social media network following the decision by Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants to ban President Donald Trump and censor conservatives. As censorship has increased, pro-life and conservative Americans have moved to other social media networks like Parler and LifeNews gained almost 70,000 followers looking for alternatives to Twitter so they can get the latest pro-life news and information free from censorship.

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But Apple and Google both banned Parler from their stores and Amazon dropped Parler as a customer. Parler had been purchasing server space from Amazon and the web site went down completely after Amazon summarily dumped them because it allows free speech to flourish even if it supports President Trump and concerns over election fraud.

Parler was the number one app on Google at the time the company banned it.

Other social media alternatives like Gab, Clouthub and MeWe have picked up millions of users in the wake of Facebook and Twitter’s censorship.