Apple took a stand against the Confederate flag, like several companies have as of late, following the Mother Emanuel AME church massacre in Charleston, S.C. (June 17).
CEO Tim Cook tweeted earlier this week, “My thoughts are with the victim’s families in SC. Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it.” Four days later, the decision was made by Apple to remove apps only containing Confederate flags for non-educational purposes, the company’s representatives told Buzzfeed.
My thoughts are with the victim’s families in SC.Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 21, 2015
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“We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines,” said a spokesperson for Apple.
TouchArcade noticed yesterday the disappearance of Civil War games previously available through the entity while some developers questioned Apple’s examination of their educational value. The Games-Labs Team, creators of the Ultimate General, found their video game missing from the App Store, which they expressed in the statement below:
“Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’ did not try to amend his movie to look more comfortable. The historical ‘Gettysburg’ movie (1993) is still on iTunes. We believe that all historical art forms: books, movies, or games such as ours, help to learn and understand history, depicting events as they were. True stories are more important to us than money. Therefore we are not going to amend the game’s content and Ultimate General: Gettysburg will no longer be available on App Store. We really hope that Apple’s decision will achieve the desired results.”
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After pleading their case to Apple, Ultimate General returned to the digital outlet. But not all apps had the same outcome. The company still calls for developers to alter their programs to reflect its guidelines and ditch the Confederate flags.
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