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A version of social network Parler updated to curb incitements to violence has been cleared to return to Apple's App Store, a US congressman said Monday.
A team at Apple devoted to reviewing whether apps submitted to its App Store conform to its policies has approved a modified version of Parler, which had become popular with conservatives before it was booted off online marketplaces.
The news came from a copy of a letter from Apple posted on Twitter by US Representative Ken Buck of Colorado.
"Parler has proposed updates to its app and the app's content moderation practices," read the letter signed by Apple senior director of government affairs in the Americas Timothy Powderly.
"Its proposed updated app will be approved for reinstallment in the App Store."
Apple, queried by AFP, offered no additional comment.
Powderly noted in the letter that Apple stood by its independent decision to remove Parler from the App Store in the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former president Donald Trump.
Buck said in his tweet that Parler's return to the App Store is "a huge win for free speech."
Parler relaunched in February after being forced offline over incitements to violence on the platform.
Parler, which calls itself "the free speech social network", came under scrutiny following the deadly attack on the US Capitol.
Apple and Google pulled the network's app from their download platforms and Amazon's web hosting service cut ties as well.
Powderly said in the letter that Apple had found many posts violating the iPhone maker's rules about app content moderation.
He said there were "posts that encouraged violence, denigrated various ethnic groups, races and religions, glorified Nazism, and called for violence against specific people."
Apple chief executive Tim Cook said early this year that Parler could return the App Store if it changed how it moderates posts on the platform.
Nevada-based Parler, which launched in 2018, operates much like Twitter, with profiles to follow and "parleys" instead of tweets.
In its early days, the platform attracted a crowd of ultraconservative and even extreme-right users. It has since signed up many more traditional Republican voices.
Parler fired its chief executive John Matze soon after the deadly attack on the US Capitol.
During a 48-hour "FRANK-a-thon" event to promote the glitch-riddled launch of his new social media platform "FrankSpeech," MyPillow CEO and pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell took more than one phone call from pranksters.
Salon's Zachary Petrizzo shared two video showing Lindell fielding calls from pranksters. In one video, Lindell is led tp believe that former president Donald Trump is calling in to the event.
"Well, we have the President here, our real president, everyone," Lindell says excitedly. "Hello, Mr. President."
But Lindell's excitement quickly turned sour as "the President" on the other line let out a stream of profanities, prompting Lindell to scramble to end the call.
Mike Lindell was just duped into thinking Trump was calling into the program. https://t.co/VUMy1etNA3— Zachary Petrizzo (@Zachary Petrizzo)1618852858.0
Jen Psaki shuts down Fox News reporter: 'I don't think you've articulated what our change in policy is'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday challenged Fox News correspondent Kristen Fisher over a question about the number of refugees that are being allowed into the country during President Joe Biden's administration.
At Monday's White House briefing, Fisher suggested that the Biden administration had reversed course and would not keep the Trump-era limits on refugees because Democrats complained.
For its part, the White House argued that a statement issued on Friday did not represent a policy change.
"I'm still confused about what changed between 1 p.m. on Friday and around 4:30 p.m. on Friday to go from we're not raising the refugee cap to we are raising the refugee cap by May 15," Fisher told Psaki on Monday. "What changed in those three and a half hours?"
"We never said we're not raising the refugee cap," Psaki explained. "In the morning we said, and it was actually in the information we put out, was once we reach 15,000, we will raise it. That was not accounted for in some of the ways people were digesting the information. And we wanted to be clear and send a message that we are a country that is welcoming refugees. Let's be clear. We are changing the policies of the last administration."
"So you're saying this has nothing to do with the pushback from some Democrats?" Fisher pressed.
"I don't think you've ever articulated to me what our change in policy was," Psaki pointed out. "What was our change in policy from the morning to the afternoon?"
Fisher then seemed to admit that the policy may have not changed.
"That's a pretty important caveat," Psaki observed. "When we reach 15,000, a subsequent presidential determination could be made."
"The line said, 'the admission of up to 15,000 refugees remains justified,'" Fisher pushed back. "Do you understand how some people would interpret that?"
"I think we have a responsibility to provide all of the context," Psaki advised the Fox News reporter. "This was always meant to be a first step."
"Does this have anything to do with the pushback from Democrats on Capitol Hill?" Fisher wondered.
"I don't think you've articulated what our change in policy is," Psaki said, moving on to the next reporter.
"It's not my job to do that," Fisher objected.
"It is if you're asking a question," Psaki replied.
Watch the video below from C-SPAN.
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