Parler won’t ban you but could get banned itself.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is threatening to ban Parler from its app stores.
“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler App was used to plan, coordinate and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington DC on January 6,” Apple’s note to Parler begins. The WSJ goes on saying, “the tech giant said in order for Parler to remain available in the App Store, it had to provide detailed information on its content-moderation plans and ‘what you will do to improve moderation and content filtering your service for this kind of objectionable content going forward.’”
Parler has 24 hours to comply or Apple will do to it what Twitter just did to President Donald Trump. (They all act the same, don’t they?)
With Trump’s Twitter removal, Parler is likely to continue its rapid growth. Since the summer, Parler has seen numerous prominent conservative voices join its platform. Though most have stayed on Twitter, that’s beginning to change.
Friday, a day after Dan Bongino’s own Twitter suspension, Bongino posted on Twitter for the last time:
This will be my final post on this anti-American platform. The greatest threats to liberty are the destructive tech tyrants who have acted as publishers in their ongoing wars on conservatives & free speech.
You can find me on Parler, where we respect free speech. I’m “dbongino.”
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 8, 2021
Radio legend Mark Levin, who made waves for leaving Facebook last week, has suspended his Twitter account.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 8, 2021
Bad news, now Twitter can’t suspend The Great One.
It’s unclear how far Apple’s Parler ban would go. While it can remove Parler from its app store, Apple users could still access Parler through a web browser. It’s doubtful — if even possible — Apple would ban Parler.com from Safari. Should it try, Joe Rogan’s favorite browser, Brave, will see a spike of its own.
In December, I predicted that 2021 would be the year of alternative platforms. With Trump’s Twitter ban and Apple’s threats, it now reads like a spoiler.
Follow Bobby Burack on Parler, @bobbyburack.