Apple doesn't bite on reinstating Parler

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Parler imageA conservative activist isn't happy with the answer he got from Apple as to when the company will allow Parler back on the App Store. In fact, he says he got no answer at all.

"The shareholder meeting was on Tuesday. And since last week Parler found its way back to the Internet, after Apple and Google and Amazon teamed up to kick it off the Internet," says Justin Danhof, "I just wanted to know from Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, when Parler was going to be allowed back on the App Store."

It's an important question for investors such as Danhof, who is with the Free Enterprise Project at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

"The App Store is where the company makes a significant amount of money," says Danhof, whose organization owns stock in various companies so it is able to attend shareholder meetings and question executives.

Danhof

"Parler quite literally reached the number-one spot on the App Store in early January and it was one of the top 10 most-downloaded apps in all of 2020," he continues. "So, clearly, from an investment standpoint it was curious to us when Apple was going to reinstate Parler's privileges on the App Store – and [Cook] couldn't answer."

Danhof dismisses any claims or opinions that his question got lost in the shuffle during the virtual shareholder meeting.

"I submitted it to Apple's attorneys a day in advance and they acknowledged receipt of it," he explains. "So, Tim Cook had 24 hours to come up with an answer as to when one of the most popular apps was going to be allowed back in the store – and he couldn't, which leads me to believe that this is nothing about terms of service."

According to Danhof, this is nothing about Parler removing enough content to satisfy Apple.

"If that was the case, Facebook would have been disallowed a long time ago if these are the terms," argues Danhof. "What this is really about is censoring speech. They don't like conservative talk; they don't like conservative content. They just show that they're more powerful in canceling conservatives than any other efforts to date."

Apple removed Parler from its App Store in January, saying posts related to the U.S. Capitol riot called for violence.

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