Published On: Thu, Jun 25th, 2015

Apple Bans Games And Apps Featuring The Confederate Flag

Apple has now assimilated a horde of merchants in stealing a Confederate dwindle from a height – in a case, a iTunes App Store. Several app developers are now stating that their Civil War games, that featured imagery of a dwindle as partial of their game’s chronological context, have been pulled from a App Store.

Apple’s move to anathema these games follows identical decisions by a series of vital retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, eBay, Sears and others, that all announced bans on a sale of Confederate dwindle sell in a arise of a sharpened deaths of 9 black parishioners during a church in Charleston, S.C., this month.

The games’ dismissal was initial reported by attention blog TouchArcade. TechCrunch has reached out to Apple for comment, though a association has not responded.

UPDATE: Apple has now commented on a matter, saying:

“We have private apps from a App Store that use a Confederate dwindle in descent or mean-spirited ways, that is in defilement of a guidelines. We are not stealing apps that arrangement a Confederate dwindle for educational or chronological uses.”

Currently, influenced titles include Ultimate General: Gettysburg; several Hunted Cow/HexWar Games Civil War games; and more. The anathema has also influenced name apps, like “Southern Pride (Rebel Flag) Wallpaper,” it’s been noted.

According to during slightest one diversion developer Touch Arcade spoke with, their game was private given it contained “images of a Confederate dwindle used in descent and mean-spirited ways.” We’ve reliable with others that this is a denunciation Apple is regulating when referencing a removals.

Many developers disagree that their games aren’t meant to be offensive, though rather embody a dwindle imagery given of a chronological context. Maxim Zasov of Game Labs, that publishes Ultimate General: Gettysburg, told Touch Arcade that teachers have used his diversion when training a Civil War in a classroom.


Adds Hunted Cow/HexWar Games executive Andrew Mulholland, “it seems unsatisfactory that [Apple] would mislay [the games] as they weren’t being used in an descent way, being that they were chronological fight games and hence it was a dwindle used during a time.”

Elsewhere on Reddit, an unnamed developer also reports that 14 titles from a diversion studio they work with have been removed.

It’s misleading what criteria Apple is regulating to establish either it pulls an app featuring a Confederate dwindle imagery. But Mulholland tells us that Apple contacted his association after pulling several of a titles, and pointed to territory 19.1 of a App Store Review Guidelines in a email. This territory states:

“Apps containing references or explanation about a religious, informative or racial organisation that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or expected to display a targeted organisation to mistreat or assault will be rejected.”

The association suggested HexWar (which grew out of a partnership between Hunted Cow and a strange HexWar), to “review a app judgment and incorporate opposite calm and facilities that are in correspondence a guidelines.” The association offers several Civil War-themed games that have been banned, including Civil War: 1862, Civil War: 1863, Civil War: 1864 and Civil War: Gettysburg. The oldest game, Civil War: 1863, has been live on a App Store given Sep 2012.

Hunted Cow/HexWar says they will now try resubmitting a titles regulating a lesser-known 1861 chronicle of a dwindle to see if their games will be approved.

The Apple bannings don’t seem to be universal, however. Ars Technica points out there are other titles that embody a picture of a dwindle that are still live on a App Store, like The Battle of Antietam and The History Channel’s The Civil War Today. Plus, Apple continues to sell other media that showcases a Confederate flag, including albums and TV shows like Primal Scream’s Give Out But Don’t Give Up, Legend by Lynyrd Skynyrd and seven seasons of Dukes of Hazzard.

In addition, The Guardian records that Apple’s preference to make a Confederate dwindle anathema contradicts how it handles other descent materials, like a Nazi flag. Several titles (including those that don’t explain chronological accuracy) that feature this dwindle sojourn available.

The question, apparently, is where does Apple lift a line with courtesy to a dismissal of a Confederate flag, or any descent flag, from a storefront? There’s also room to discuss how Apple should go about determining to keep or lift games that use a Confederate dwindle as partial of a chronological depiction of a Civil War – or maybe either games that showcase a Civil War can be deliberate educational materials.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently tweeted his support for measures that engage stealing a black of racism, so it’s not wholly startling to see a association take this step.

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