Apple CEO Tim Cook stated he hopes social media platform Parler returns to his firm’s app retailer after they repair points with content material moderation.
The technology big’s prime government made the feedback throughout an interview on the Sway podcast after defending his firm’s determination to take away Parler over its alleged lax strategy to violent content material posted by its customers.
“In some ways, it was a straightforward decision, because they were not adhering to the guidelines of the App Store. You can’t be inciting violence or allow people to incite violence,” Cook stated. “You can’t allow hate speech and so forth. And they had moved from moderating to not being able to moderate. But we gave them a chance to cure that. And they were unable to do that or didn’t do that. And so we had to pull them off.”
He added that regardless of the enforcement motion, he hopes Parler will “come back on,” saying that Apple works “hard to get people on the store, not to keep people off the store.”
“I’m hoping that they put in the moderation that’s required to be on the store and come back,” he stated. “I think having more social networks out there is better than having less.”
Cook’s feedback symbolize the newest in an ongoing feud between Parler and Big Tech corporations that had sought to terminate the platform’s operation following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach. Apple and Google eliminated Parler from their app shops, whereas Amazon eliminated the platform from its hosting service. All three corporations took challenge with the corporate’s alleged lax strategy to violent content material posted by its customers and “repeated violations” of their phrases of service associated to such violent content material.
Parler’s Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff responded to Cook’s remark in an e mail to The Epoch Times, saying that the corporate is wanting ahead to returning to Apple’s App Store, and including that they had been joyful to listen to that Apple valued range in social media networks.
“We are happy to hear that Tim Cook believes, as we do, that it’s better for everyone if there are more social networks available, not fewer. Moreover, we agree wholeheartedly with Apple’s guiding principle of collecting as little personal data from users as possible and will continue to improve our implementation of this principle as we rebuild our stack and upgrade our apps. We look forward to working with Apple to get back on the App Store as soon as possible,” Peikoff stated.
She additionally reiterated that Parler has “always prohibited threatening or inciting content on our platform” and proactively labored with “law enforcement in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6.” The firm lately shared this data to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
In a letter to committee members, Parler stated that it had referred “violent content and incitement” from its platform to the FBI over 50 occasions earlier than Jan. 6. It additionally warned the bureau about “specific threats of violence being planned” concerning the Jan. 6 incident.
The firm added that it had formalized its working relationship with the FBI in November 2020 and commenced to repeatedly ahead screenshots of illegal posts that referred to as for violence or merited further investigation for public security. Such posts included customers threatening to kill former Attorney General Bill Barr and different politicians.