August 01, 2019 - Thursday
Apple Sours on Conservative News
No one has ever accused Apple of being apolitical. And this week, pro-lifers can prove it. Days after giving LifeSiteNews the green light to publish stories on Apple News, the company yanked the group's channel and all of its content. Why? According to the tech giant, the messages are "intolerant against a certain group." That's funny -- I thought the real intolerance was arguing that babies shouldn't be born in the first place!
For LifeSite Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen and his team, the whiplash was palpable. First, the organization was approved, giving users a chance to track the site and get customized updates. Then, the rug was unexpectedly pulled out from under them, de-platforming another conservative source with a respectable following. Westen, who's watched the disturbing shift toward censorship, contacted the company to complain.
"We don't yet know the reason for Apple's decision to delete our channel," he explains. But, "at a time when there is growing evidence that tech juggernauts are engaging in concerted censorship against even mainstream conservative viewpoints, Apple's decision -- made unilaterally and without opportunity to appeal -- is frightening." It ought to go without saying, he argued, "that LifeSite would never promote intolerance or hatred against any group. However, in our current divisive political climate, even mild expressions of common conservative viewpoints are often written off as de facto hatred and intolerance. We certainly hope that this is not what Apple is doing. However, we urge our readers to contact Apple, and to respectfully demand that they reinstate LifeSite's channel."
Of course, LifeSite probably drew Apple's ire for more than its conservative views on abortion. Westen's writers also haven't been shy about calling attention to the Left's dangerous gender ideology and a whole host of other cultural issues that directly affect families. Apple thinks it can marginalize conservatives and get away with it. Let them know how wrong they are! Sign LifeSite's petition here and ask the popular site to be reinstated. Otherwise, the only intolerance Apple's showing is its own.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.