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A 'PG' version of Parler is returning to iPhones

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Apple is allowing Parler back on the App Store with some content moderation

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Parler, the social media app popular with conservatives, is returning to iPhones with more content moderation and blocking of hate speech after it was pulled from app stores in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, according to the Washington Post.


Parler, which touted itself as a free speech alternative to content moderation of big tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook, is contracting with Hive for 1,000 content moderators to enforce the social media site's guidelines, the Post reported.

Incitement and threats of physical violence will be removed for all platforms, while iPhone users won't be able to see hate speech including racial slurs that will remain visible to users on other platforms, according to the report.

Google's Play Store had also banned the app after the Capitol attackers sought to overturn the election, with some of the app's users celebrating the violence. Parler, however, is available for "side-loading" on Android phones and users there and on the web will see some content that the app agreed to block on Apple it order to come back, the Post said.

Amy Peikoff, Parler's chief policy officer, called the new version "Parler Lite or Parler PG," according to the Post, although it's clear the platform will still seek to allow a wide range of posts as it claims Facebook and other platforms are biased against conservatives.

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