San Francisco (AFP)
Speak, the social media platform popular with conservatives before being banned for its association with the Jan.6 violence in the U.S. Capitol, returned to Apple’s online market on Monday.
The move comes a month after the iPhone maker said it would license the app with updates aimed at curbing incitement to violence.
Parler said in a statement that he had provided “compelling evidence to Congress and the public that … (his) scapegoat and misrepresentation was deeply unfair.”
The company claimed to have more than 20 million users before being pulled from the Apple and Google online marketplaces and effectively shut down when Amazon Web Services broke links over claims that the platform did not. failed to stop the incitement to violence by supporters of Donald Trump ahead of the Jan.6 siege. from the US Capitol.
Separately, Parler announced that he is promoting George Farmer to CEO and then COO, as part of a leadership reshuffle.
“Speaking started out as a small start-up that differed from its Big Tech competitors in its commitment to the free market of ideas in the full spirit of the First Amendment,” Farmer said.
“Over the past two months, I’ve worked with an incredible team of people, under the leadership of (Interim CEO) Mark Meckler, to bring Talking Online back and come back to the Apple App Store after we have been unfairly criticized by the media and its allies. in Big Tech and Congress. “
According to the Washington Post, the version of Speak on Apple devices will be moderated with artificial intelligence to filter out hateful content, but that these comments could still be viewed on the web or on other devices.
Speak, which calls itself “the social network for free speech,” did not confirm the Post’s report, which said posts tagged as hate speech or with racial slurs could be viewed by clicking on non-Apple devices.
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