Apple suspended Talk from the App Store, saying the social media service had failed to take adequate action to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence.
Apple had given the service 24 hours to submit a detailed moderation plan, designating participants using the service to coordinate Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“We have suspended Talking from the App Store until they resolve these issues,” the company said in a statement.
Talk is a social network that many Trump supporters have migrated to after being banned from platforms such as Twitter. Plans for the protests in Washington DC that ended in the storming of the Capitol this week have been widely shared on Talk.
It follows a similar move by Google, which removed the app from its Play Store until the platform adds “robust” content moderation.
Actions by the two Silicon Valley companies mean that Talking is not available for new downloads, but would still be available through mobile browsers.
Earlier, a letter from Apple’s App Store review team told Parler: “Content that threatens the well-being of others or is intended to incite violence or other illegal acts n has never been acceptable on the App Store. ”
Parler chief executive John Matze said in posts on his service Friday that Apple was enforcing standards in Parler that did not apply to itself and that companies were attacking civil liberties. He added in a text message: “The coordination of riots, violence and rebellions has no place on social media.”
Matze said of Apple: “Apparently they think Parler is responsible for ALL user-generated content on Parler. Likewise, Apple should be responsible for ALL actions taken by their phones. Every car bomb, every illegal cell phone conversation, every illegal crime committed on an iPhone, Apple must also be responsible. “