Apple is being sued by the Coalition for a safer web for failing to remove the messaging app Telegram whilst continuing to block the Parler app, which is still claiming that hate groups and radicals are using it to threaten the Capitol.
Filed in the U.S. Sunday. District Court for the Northern District of California, a lawsuit by Ambassador Marc Ginsberg and the Alliance for a Better Network blames Apple for allowing Telegram to be available in the App Store. This "despite Apple's knowledge that Telegram is being used to intimidate, threaten, and coerce members of the public."
The litigation comes at the end of a week when Apple, Google, Amazon, and others have broken ties with Parler for failing to control the content of the app created by its users. Parler was reported to have been used to organise and arrange criminal activity in Washington, D.C., including storming the U.S. Capitol, guy.
Classed as a "non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organisation" to compel the withdrawal of militant and terrorism material from social media sites, the Alliance says that Apple is struggling to follow its own Telegram-related software content policy and guidelines. By doing so, Apple is encouraging more malicious users of Telegram to resume their operations.
There is also an allegation that "anti-black and anti-Semitic groups have openly utilised Telegram with little or no content moderation by Telegram's management." Amid the CSW alerts and media coverage on the software, Apple "has not taken any action against Telegram comparable to the action it has taken against Parler to compel Telegram to improve its content moderation policies." So far Apple has not commented on the lawsuit.