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Apple has blocked an attempt by Parler, the social-media app popular with the far-right, to get back on the App Store, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.
Bloomberg reported that in late February, Apple rejected a bid by the app to get back onto the App Store. Apple said Parler’s updated community guidelines reached the standards expected on the App Store, according to documents reviewed by Bloomberg.
In the documents — which were also obtained by Input Magazine (warning: this link leads to a page that contains graphic images of racist, homophobic, and misogynistic hate speech) — Apple presented examples of Parler users displaying swastikas or other white-nationalist symbols as their profile pictures. Apple also included examples of users using misogynistic, homophobic, and racist language.
When contacted by Insider about the Bloomberg report, an Apple spokesperson referred to Input’s coverage of the documents, saying “that contains details of our email to them [Parler].”
“As you know, developers are required to implement robust moderation capabilities to proactively identify, prevent and filter this objectionable content to protect the health and safety of users,” Apple wrote in a letter to Parler’s policy chief, seen by Bloomberg.
“There is no place for hateful, racist, discriminatory content on the App Store,” it added.
Bloomberg also reported that Parler cut its three remaining iOS developers on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Parler was not immediately available to comment on Bloomberg’s report when contacted by Insider.
Parler was taken offline completely in January after its web host Amazon Web Services (AWS) severed ties with the app, saying it posed ” a very real risk to public safety.” It came back online on February 15 after finding new web host SkySilk.