Parler’s return to Apple’s App Store, George Farmer named as new CEO

The social media app Parler, popular with American conservatives, returned to Apple’s App Store on Monday after the iPhone maker dropped it following the January 6 deadly riots in the US Capitol.

The parlor has named the company’s chief operating officer, George Farmer, its new chief executive since March, and said that interim CEO Mark Meckler will leave.

Apple said that after the parlor proposed updates to its app and content moderation policies last month, the parlor would be re-read in its iOS App Store.

“The entire parlor team has worked hard to address Apple’s concerns without compromising our core mission,” Mechler said in an email statement.

“Anything allowed on the parlor network, but not in the iOS app, will remain accessible through our web-based and Android versions. It’s a win for the parlor, its users, and free speech.”

The Washington Post said that the parlor’s chief policy officer Amy Peakoff compared the iOS version of the app to “parlor light or parlor pg.” The newspaper reported that the parlor is still pushing Apple to let users see abusive language behind the warning labels.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Several tech companies severed ties with the parlor after the capital riots, accusing the app backed by prominent Republican party donor Rebekah Mercer of failing to police violent content on their service.

The parlor went dark for almost a month after Amazon suspended web-hosting services. The parlor made a comeback online in February with Los Angeles-based private cloud infrastructure Skysilk. Amazon Web Services declined to comment on Monday.

Alphabet’s Google has also removed Parler from its App Store.

A spokesperson for Google said on Monday, “The parlor has been available on Android due to the openness of the platform, even though it is not currently distributed through Google Play.”

“As we said back in January, the parlor is welcome back to the Play Store when it submits an app that complies with our Content Moderation Policies, which prevents things like physical threats and inciting violence to individuals . “

Parlor co-founder and CEO John Matz was fired by the board earlier this year. In an email statement, Parlor said the new CEO Farmer was an active financial supporter and candidate for the UK’s Brexit Party and “is actively involved in business and politics on both sides of the Atlantic.”

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