It’s no secret by now that not only are the traditional mainstream media biased in favor of Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, so too are many of the companies behind new and social media.
Facebook was called on the carpet recently after former contractors responsible for “curating” news for the popular “trending” newsfeed, revealed the company “routinely suppressed” conservative news, even if it was organically trending among the site’s users.
Google has been caught manipulating search results on its search engine to bury negative stories about Hillary — quite a massive feat really, when you think about it, considering how much negative stuff there is on her.
And now this. Et tu, Apple???
According to two game developers, Apple rejected their satirical game called Hide it Hillary, while approving several satirical games featuring GOP nominee Donald Trump — including such titles as Punch Trump, Trump Slap, Slap Donald Trump and Smack a Trump.But just one day after Apple’s apparent bias was reported by Heat Street, suddenly the Hillary game was available on Apple’s iTunes. Via The Washington Times:
Apple’s App Store seems to have been caught protecting Hillary Clinton from political satire games while allowing titles like “Punch Trump” onto the digital retail platform.
A new game called “Hide it Hillary” originally was denied access to Apple’s App Store because company gatekeepers said it “includes content that could be considered defamatory or mean-spirited.” The same vetting process allowed titles like “Punch Trump,” “Slap Donald Trump,” and “Smack a Trump” into the marketplace.
The conservative website Heat Street reported Friday that “Hide it Hillary,” which is now available on Google Play for Android devices, does not condone violence or even feature the former secretary of state’s image. Instead, users are tasked with putting documents into a “laptop, server, shredder, or closet.”
“I absolutely believe there’s a double standard with Apple in the sense that they have defamatory and mean-spirited Trump games available for download but none for Hillary,” developers Ansem Omega Solutions told Heat Street. “I can’t imagine we are the first developers to experience this type of bias. In fact, one of the main reasons we chose to develop a Hillary app is because there were no Hillary apps whatsoever in the store 6 months ago when we began developing.”
The independent developers said getting approved with Google took less than one hour, while Apple’s denial came after an eight-hour wait.
A day after the Heat Street report, the app was available for 99 cents at the iTunes store and had garnered multiple 5-star reviews by Sunday night.
This is not the first time Apple has mixed its political inclinations with business. You may recall it temporarily removed the game Ultimate General: Gettysburg because it featured the Confederate flag, while permanently banning the game Binding of Isaac for “cartoon depictions of violence towards children” (though Apple seems to allow certain other depictions of violence against children).
Fortunately for Apple, in this case it was quickly shamed into its senses to change its tune (no pun intended) on the Hide It Hillary game. Otherwise, it might’ve learned the hard way that, yes, we conservatives have buying — and boycotting — power, too. Just ask Target.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]