UPDATE:The CEO of Parler, the right-wing social media app suspended from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, told Reuters this evening that the app may never return. CEO John Matze says that he doesn't know when or if Parler will give in to Apple's demands. The site has over 12 million users.
So on the face of it, a reinstatement could be as simple as Parler agreeing to follow Apple's Terms of Service to the letter. But while this might sound simple, it might not be for the social media app. "Parler has some issues with moderation," Apple's CEO said. "Our hope is that they do that and get back on the store." For example, the day that Google removed the app from the Play Store, Apple gave Parler 24 hours to remove messages promoting hate and violence and asked it to come up with better ways to moderate the app. Parler refused to make these changes leading Apple to remove the app from the App Store. There is no indication that Parler would be more likely to follow Apple's ToS with this second chance.
Without access to the Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and Amazon's AWS, Parler has lost its ability to find new subscribers via smartphone apps. It also doesn't have access to any servers that would be used to host the service. So even if the social media app agrees to bend over backward to follow Apple's Terms of Service and receives the personal green light from Tim Cook to be reinstated in the App Store, it won't matter unless Parler finds a company willing to host it. When and if that will happen is unknown at this time.
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