'Intolerant' news service booted from Apple platform

Friday, August 2, 2019
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Apple News (on iPhone)Apple is banning a popular conservative news organization from its news platform.

In November 2018, LifeSite News applied to publish on the Apple News platform. Last week, the application was accepted. LifeSite president Steve Jalsevac said it took a lot of time and effort.

"We'd been applying for that for quite a long time – many, many months that we'd been working on that – and we don't know why it was being delayed for so long," he tells OneNewsNow.

On Wednesday, however, Apple apparently changed its mind.

"A week later we got a notice [saying] 'Your channel has been disabled, and your content has been removed from Apple News. Your channel didn't comply with our Apple News guidelines,'" Jalsevac reports. "And then it said, 'Channel content shows intolerance towards a specific group.'"

Neither the notice nor subsequent calls to Apple have uncovered what the specific intolerance was or toward whom.

Jalsevac points out that LifeSite is a legitimate news service that has been reliably reporting on life, family and culture since 1997.

"This last month we had ten and a half-million pageviews. We're probably looking at a hundred-million pageviews over the year – so we're certainly a significant news service on the life and family issues," he argues.

He considers Apple's actions just another example of massive, liberal tech companies censoring conservatives. "These people are just so totalitarian in how they go about things," says Jalsevac. "[They say] We have deemed that you are no good and we're not going to tell you why. You just have to accept this."

LifeSite started a petition to appeal to Apple to reconsider. More than 20,000 people signed it the first day, a big chunk in meeting an initial goal of 25,000. The next goal is to reach 50,000 signatures.

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