Prepare yourself, Black America: Parler, the conservative social media app accused of promoting hate speech, is coming back to the iOS App Store. Multiple sources are reporting that Apple approved Parler’s return to the app store this morning. The news comes as the country braces for possible civil unrest from the verdict of the Chauvin trial.
The tech giant previously denied Parler’s application last month.
The approval brings an end to a months-long battle between the two companies. Parler was famously banned from all major tech platforms, including the App Store, following the Jan. 6 Capitol Riots. Although the company was able to find alternative hosting in February, it has struggled without access to its core app users.
Back in January, Apple defended its decision to remove Parler with the following explanation:
“We have always supported diverse points of view being represented on the App Store, but there is no place on our platform for threats of violence and illegal activity. Parler has not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety. We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve these issues.”
Parler rose to prominence late last year after conservative politicians and pundits began flocking to the app in droves. Parler fans claim to prefer the app over other platforms like Facebook and Twitter because it allowed them more freedom of speech.