Apple threatens to ban free speech Twitter rival Parler from the App Store

Parler co-owner Dan Bongino told The Federalist that Apple has threatened to ban the platform from its App Store and bar it from iOS devices. In early November, the social media app and Twitter rival topped the Apple App Store list of most popular apps for the first time.

On Parler, CEO John Matze said the platform will not “cave to politically motivated companies and those authoritarians who hate free speech.”


See also:
• Parler rises to No. 1 on App Store after Apple threatens ban – January 9, 2021 8:01 pm ET
Apple pulls Parler from the App Store – January 9, 2021 8:56 pm ET


Apple CEO Tim Cook, speech accepting the Newseum's 2017 Free Expression Award, April 18, 2017

Tristan Justice for The Federalist:

“We have clear terms of service like anyone else,” Bongino said, declaring Apple’s threat a blatant “political attack,” going on to point out that Parler has a jury system that allows users to report questionable content. “Anything that violates our terms of service, we take down. But we’re not a publisher, we’re a platform.”

Despite Facebook and Twitter hosting extremist activity on their websites, an accusation Apple has hurled specifically at Parler, neither company immediately responded to The Federalist’s inquiry over whether they are also being threatened with de-platforming by Apple. Both Facebook and Twitter have spent years masquerading as objective online platforms while acting as publishers, selectively censoring content that incriminates the companies’ political interests. Their roles as publishers came to full fruition when the companies weaponized their monopoly over the digital public square to suppress stories implicating then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in his son’s corrupt overseas business ventures.

Bongino said Parler has always complied with Apple’s App Store terms of service without compromising its integrity as a free-speech platform.

Parler, founded in 2018, was launched to serve as a free-speech alternative to Twitter and now boasts upwards of 18 million users, Bongino told The Federalist, warning that Apple’s “declared war” on the company stretches far wider than just Parler.

“Anyone who doesn’t tow the liberal line, they are now at open war with,” Bongino said, warning that if Apple prevails, there will never be another app that can operate as a free public square. “This is about having a public square where people can speak free of the surveillance state.”

MacDailyNews Take: The founders of the United States of America put the First Amendment to the United States Constitution first for a reason.

Again, in text form (feel free to copy and share), here’s Apple CEO Tim Cook, accepting the Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression Award on April 18, 2017:

Art and music, design and performance, opinion, fiction, provocation, are what we work to enable. That fills us with such a sense of pride as well as a deep sense of responsibility because we know that these freedoms require protection; not just the forms of speech that entertain us, but the ones that challenge us, the ones that unnerve and even displease us. They’re the ones that need protection the most. Unpopular speech, unpopular art, and unpopular ideas; speech that questions the people in power.

It’s no accident that these freedoms are enshrined and protected in the First Amendment. They’re the foundation of so many of our rights. We means we all have a stake, and a role, in defending them. This is a responsibility that Apple takes very seriously… We work to defend these freedoms enabling people around the world to speak up.”

It will be interesting, to say the least, to see if the Newseum (now defunct, tellingly) was right or wrong with that award.

And, now for some George Orwell quotes (a book of whose, “1984,” Apple once based a very famous television commercial):

• If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

What is needed is the right to print what one believes to be true, without having to fear bullying or blackmail from any side.

• Big Brother is Watching You.

Apple Computer’s “1984” commercial:

Today we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives.

[Apple’s hammer-thrower enters, pursued by storm troopers.]

We have created for the first time in all history a garden of pure ideology, where each worker may bloom, secure from the pests of any contradictory true thoughts.

Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth.

We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause.

Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion.

[Hammer is thrown at the screen]

We shall prevail!

[Boom!]

On January 24th Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like “1984.”

File under “Things that make you go ‘hmmm.'”

A few more quotes:

• If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ― George Washington

• Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech. ― Benjamin Franklin

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy. ― Aung San Suu Kyi

• Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost. ― Neil Gaiman

Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. – Potter Stewart

• Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. ― United Nations

Regardless of Apple’s moves or, if they’re smart, non-moves, Parler is accessible online here: https://parler.com/

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak for The Atlantic, December 21, 2010:

The Internet has become as important as anything man has ever created. But those freedoms are being chipped away. Please, I beg you, open your senses to the will of the people to keep the Internet as free as possible… I don’t want to feel that whichever content supplier had the best government connections or paid the most money determined what I can watch and for how much. This is the monopolistic approach and not representative of a truly free market in the case of today’s Internet.

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. — John Gilmore

195 Comments

  1. Yeah, I sent a link regarding this story to MDN along with the following comment:

    So, it appears Apple Inc. has gone Commie and will ban Parler from the app store unless Parler institutes a moderation policy, whatever the fuck that means. It appears Censorship has reigned supreme in America in 2021 and no free thinkers allowed. I guess Apple has become what they chided in their 1984 superbowl tv ad! A greyed out, faceless, emotionless, hapless Lemming following Leftist Social Justice BS threats of Censorship and Cancel Culture. So much for the Cupertino Cowards who touted at us for years to Think Different. I’m not so sure I want that 5G iPhone anymore. Actions have consequences you silicon valley nitwits! Shame on you Apple!! Shame on you Tim!!!

    1. I’m sure they’ve called an emergency meeting over this and how to win you back. Free speech is one thing but you don’t have the freedom to spread lies and incite violence. Learn the difference.

      1. Explain the difference. Use specific posts from Twitter or Parler. Show where Trump knowingly lies, resulting in positively-identified MAGA supporters attacking the Capitol building.

      2. Jason your not an honest man. You know there is also equal hate and calls to violence on Twitter and FB but the difference is its directed to a different audience. Honestly its not good to lie to yourself. Politically Im an independent liberal, I believe in the liberty of the individual, This is beyond blue team vs Red team. You need to stop defending the indefensible. Im not say you need to join the religious right but you need to realize this will not stop until all free people are dead or enslaved in cages. Do a little study on the Red Terror and the history of the Marxist party in the USSR are the CCP. The collusion between big tech and a political party will not end well for all of us. Every liberal needs to be pissed off. This is not what we signed up for.

        1. You got stuck in 1975?? Marxist party? USSR? Get a grip. The United States of America can only hope to be a centrist county. It is the center of capitalism. It will NEVER turn to the left in the way you fear. You need to take your tin foil hat off and read a bit more about how things truly work in the world. You know that in Communist China, you can have a privately own company? You also know that there is a wold of deference between pure socialism and democratic socialism? This has to do with the growing wealth gap in America. 1% of the population have control of 50% of all the wealth. You really think that is sustainable? Guess what party perpetuated this. Have you ever heard of “Trickle down economics”? Guess what, they don’t tickle down!!!

    2. You know what’ll show Tim FOR REAL! Take ALL your Apple products, get on social media and take videos smashing them so that Tim knows he’s REALLY done it now. Then, don’t buy any of those socialist, communist, liberal products anymore, that’ll show Tim what’s what!

      Then, boycott all sites that deal in Apple and Mac related news. That’ll truly pwn ol’ Tim!

      1. You know, this is the typical snarky, small-alek, small-minded reply of so many liberal leftists. However, I for one am a middle-aged tech-savvy consumer who affects the buying habits of the adult members of my extended family, business people, and many church people. I am a quiet influencer for a score or more of consumers who can afford Apple products — just the people Apple seeks. I always suggested Apple because of its commitment to privacy and the elegance of its products. As of now, this quickly, everyone in my family has canceled or suspended all Apple purchases. No M1s, AirPods, Watches, HomePods (of course), new iPhones, or any other Apple devices. We are actively researching ways to disconnect from Apple services. I am actively researching moving to Linux, both for myself and the people I know. So, while Tim may not see a video of me smashing Apple products, it is already affecting their business. What we do depends on whether or not Apple remains faithful to the Homebrew, and Steve’s, computing vision of an open web and free speech. Will the traditional American or CCP vision of the future win? That’s the issue.

        1. “As of now, this quickly, everyone in my family has canceled or suspended all Apple purchases. No M1s, AirPods, Watches, HomePods (of course), new iPhones, or any other Apple devices. We are actively researching ways to disconnect from Apple services.”

          It is NO DOUBT affecting their business. You can bet they’ve already done the math and taken that into account, this is no “off the cuff” stance. Unfortunately, a LOT of folks’ ideology end with the words they speak and not the actions they take. Many of the folks here, that have KNOWN about the liberal bent of Apple for a LONG time continue to purchase and support MACdailynews. (The post I replied to? “ I’m not so sure I want that 5G iPhone anymore.” not I DON’T WANT, it’s i’m not so sure I want) And, a large number of that 75 million will continue to do so.

  2. My home is FILLED with Apple products. I have a fully loaded M1 on order. If Apple bans Parler, I am completely done with them. They will have betrayed the individual freedom Steve and computing once stood for.

    1. me too ! I just checked my receipts for holiday purchase .. .will return for refund. Open source phones are a thing now… really dont need iOS that much

      Steve was a classic liberal (liberty for the individual) He knew how to keep apple out of politics. Tim has no creative ideas of his own, (he stole both is dress style, mannerisms and language from Steve) so now he is left to manufactures his self importance with the pretense of social justice but that social justice stops at the water’s edge; once his policies meet the CCP human rights crimes he turns a blind eye in fear of hurting that bottom line.

      There is so much blood on your iPhone maybe he is doing us all a favor by running us off.

      Bottom line big tech and the CCP are scared of free speech

      1. Steve was a hard leftie but in business his was the “Republicans buy sneakers too” approach, like Michael Jordan is to have said. Tim Cook on the other hand would gladly design the reeducation camps for crimethinkers “who don’t share our values”. Apple Park is like an open-air prison already, their militarized security with dogs during shareholder meetings is the beta test, the guard towers will look like giant Homepods.

        1. Free speech is not so simple. We have always had the question does one have the right to yell fire in a crowed theatre? Does one have right to hate speech? Can one call for violence breaking the law. It’s not so simple as one would like.

          1. Who gets to determine what speech is hate. Because liberals hate tump any thing he says is always taken as hate. Because conservatives hate Biden anything he says is taken as hate. Your right it is complicated but we should air on the side of freedom. Their are over 300 million people in the USA so chances are you will encounter millions of stupid ideas. What is dangerous is now big tech that control modern communications has aggressively taken sides ahead of the law and common sense. Even most Democrats don’t support the extreme measure big tech is taken. And there is no law against stupidity. What trump said at the rally was far less then what sone leaders on the left has said. Heck they censored him when he said go home.tell the truth the far left only cares about power and control at all cost. The hell with individual freedom. Many liberals are gonna realize that the Marxist plan dose not stop with conservative and trump supporters. Try buying weed or exercising alternative lifestyles in CCP China. Wake up it’s not liberals vs conservatives the battle is liberal capitalist vs Marxist. Liberals and capitalist balance each other out really well … but Marxist realize to defeat freedom they need to divide us… our government will fail as a one party system. Look at California, cheating in the election, dividing the country will hurt both sides and every American

            1. Well, I a phrase like “Jews must die” is pretty clearly hate speech, right? Even if liberals say it, it’s still hate speech. One would HOPE that few people would be upset with any platform flagging that as “offensive” right? Even Parler. However, if you poll 100 random democrats and 100 random republicans, though, you would find a significant number of those republicans support the idea behind the phrase.

              Republicans want to say that phrases like the above are “OK” not because “it’s not hate speech”, but just because it’s THEIR party members saying it. Are there republicans that think that phrase above is reprehensible? YES! However, they sit by the sidelines and stay quiet when folks say it because they REALLLY want that person’s vote.

  3. It’s one thing for Apple to delist the app from their store. It is a WHOLE DIFFERENT thing to bar it from someone’s phone… Next Apple will choose to control not only what you run on your computer and phone but what you consume and/or produce?

    There is a famous poem (in various forms). One version goes like this:

    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a socialist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Watch out what you praise or even choose to ignore.

    1. Then they came for me because I broke into the Capitol, interrupted a session of Congress, tried to coerce the members, trashed the building, and caused five deaths. Then I justified it by calling my coconspirators patriots and telling them, “We love you.You’re very special.”

      Yes, watch out what you praise.

  4. Constitutional protections for freedom of speech do not extend to yelling ‘Fire!’ In a crowded theater, nor do they protect slander, nor inciting or conspiring in criminal activity. Some might also reasonably argue that knowingly disseminating misinformation should not be protected either.

    Regardless, the First Amendment only prohibits the government from limiting free speech. The Constitution says nothing about how private groups may limit speech within themselves.

    Learn some civics MAGA dipshits!

    1. wow, look at the precious lefty attempting to explain constitutional theory to conservatives. how quaint. begone with this silly pretense; the left would shred the constitution in a heartbeat.

  5. Parler is probably parlaying properly by putting protected parlance in proper perspective.
    On another issue, Donald should concurrently be removed in accordance with Article 25, Sec. 3; as well as impeached according to Article 25, Sec. 4.

    1. Sounds like the things you read on Parler 🙂 Everything is … very soon, it never happens, but no one cares because they’re looking for the next thing that’s … very soon 🙂

  6. Hey Apple World…..Hey Tim Cook…..here is a fun little scenario to ponder…..

    If as alleged by Tim Cook; that Parler is being used to enable-_____________ (conduct we hate); then let’s carry this “enablement” mantra further shall we:

    How many terrorist/criminal/harassment events have been carried out using an iPhone/Android phones and the encrypted WhatsApp from the bowels of FaceBook to evade detection/arrest/incarceration??

    If the current outrage-banning-censoring mantra is to be followed then Apple, Facebook, Google, Samsung, and WhatsApp should alllllll be shut down for enabling criminal activity…………Right!? ….anybody…??…..is this thing on??!!

    How far do you free speech haters and muzzlers of the opposition want to take this….??

    I call BS on alllllllll the double standards and hypocrisy……I support NONE of the violence.

    Go to the Capitol and make your voices heard does not mean storm the Capitol with your MAGA and Antifa and BLM embedded thugs to murder and destroy things.

    Where was the OUTRAGE when Antifa and BLM were burning Democrat cities to the ground this past summer??? Go look at the videos before they are taken down by the Speech Police.

    Burning Looting and Murder obviously are tolerated in certain areas of the internet…….the proverbial “nothing to see…move along” mantra rules the day….

    Where was the OUTRAGE when politicos and left-leaning Hollywoodites were calling for bombing the White House and decapitation of the POTUS……..

    NOT.ONE.PEEP.FROM.THE.DEMOCRATS

    Let me know when the hypocrisy and doube-standards are REMOVED..!!

  7. Let me be clear, that I 100% condemn what happened last Wednesday in Washington DC.

    Now with that said, this is only the beginning folks, when big tech starts to be the gatekeeper of all things negative about a political party (namely the Democrats).

    We’re already seeing it with Twitter banning OUR President from its platform, and now Parler’s network partners treating to throw them off their networks for not “bowing down” to a Democrat narrative, which is, “sit down, shut up, and you cannot have a negative opinion about your Government.” Don’t believe me? WAIT. MDN may get kicked off of Google in a few hours (or days) for even carrying the above article, which will force them to delete it and then try to get back onto Google without even a mention about Trump, the 1st amendment, or the above article.

    Don’t believe me? Okay, say that at the end of Biden’s 4 year term (god help us all).

  8. It’s their platform, they can do whatever or set whatever standard they like.

    As for Mac daily news calling this Orwellian…read the book first then talk. I think I’m going to start going to a different Apple site.

  9. Migrated from Twitter to Parler several months ago, as Twitter ramped up their suppression and censorship (as a 230 entity!) of conservative and Republican free speech.

    Yesterday was gobsmacked by the rumor that Apple would pressure Parler to do the same.

    Rush Limbaugh brought me over to Apple 25 years ago and I’ve subsequently brought others too, based on its benefits. With full knowledge that its corporate policy is openly Leftist. (2ndvote.com)

    I searched the internet for an official response from Apple regarding pressure on Parler, and when that failed, I called them at 800.My.Apple. Transferred a couple times, spoke to very polite agents and supervisors, but they were unable to give me an official response.

    I ended my call by stating explicitly that I would immediately dump Apple if they suppressed my God-given freedom of speech, as guaranteed in the First Amendment. (Brand new iMac, plus iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch.)

    As I dumped Twitter, so I will dump Apple.

    Freedom of speech is an existential right of all people and I won’t have Tech Oligarchs suppressing my fundamental right, in their jihad to implement The Great Reset.

  10. Clearly MDN have no real understanding of the true message that Orwell was putting across in 1984. It’s a shame that he isn’t alive to repudiate their almost diametrically opposed warped version of its message. Too much of that cheap re writing of history lately.

  11. MDN’s take is all you need, ignore the shills and disinformation agents flooding the comments. Their shrill desperation is the last gasp of their collapsing criminal conspiracy against the United States of America and President Donald J. Trump. Judgement day is coming traitors.

  12. Timmy Xie is just fine having his products made with slave labor by a society that tells him what can be sold and published. In fact it’s working so well in China a few people at the top here, like him, are about to extend the business model.

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