Apple says Talking can revert to iPhones after the app makes a few changes.
Talk, the social network popular with conservatives, is making a comeback.
The application had been launched iPhones, Android devices and even the Internet in January, after tech companies said Parler did not effectively control network content during the Capitol uprising on January 6.
But on Monday, Apple said in a letter to two federal lawmakers that it approved Talking on iPhone’s return because the app agreed to more aggressively patrol what its users posted, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the New York Times.
An Apple lobbyist said in the letter that the iPhone maker removed Talking from the App Store in January because it did not remove “posts that encouraged violence, disparaged various ethnic groups, races and religions, glorified Nazism and called for violence against specific people. “
Since then, Apple employees have “engaged in important conversations with Parler in an effort to bring the Parler app into compliance.” Apple last week told Parler it was back because of the changes it agreed to make to the app, the lobbyist said in the letter. Talking would return to the App Store when he submits his new app, he said.
Speak did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
The return of Talking to iPhones follows the relaunch of its website after being disconnected for about a month. Amazon had withdrawn support for Talk’s social network in January, forcing its website to go dark. Talking came back online in February with the help of a small web hosting company near Los Angeles called SkySilk.
Some users have since returned to Speak, but it appears that there has been less overall activity on the social network since the time of the election. Most of the talk around Talking revolved around politics, and the user base overwhelmingly supported former President Donald J. Trump. Talking Frames, including its co-owner, Rebekah Mercer, the conservative donor, hopes the iPhone app could help the social network regain strength.