Friday, August 12, 2016

Yes, your iPhone is anti-Trump.

Not content to surveil everything you do and record every place you go, Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook and etc. have decided you need to be told what to think.

I began looking into how strong the bias and censorship runs in these forums after I did an interview on the pro-Trump podcast, MAGA. The show's host, Mark Hammond, was disappointed Apple wouldn't run his show without an "explicit" warning. Hammond's podcast didn't contain content that would be deemed explicit under Apple's policy, and most other shows in the News & Politics category aren't labeled as such.

On June 18, Hammond talked to Sandra, a representative from Apple. She explained that, since the description of his show is pro-Trump, his show is explicit in nature—because the subject matter is Donald Trump. So, an Apple employee concluded the Republican presidential candidate is explicit.

As usual, this is a litany of 'small stuff'. A podcast labeled "explicit" when it isn't. A game not released for 15 months. An inappropriate picture on a web search. Questionable rankings of news stories. Stuff like that.

But, and this is the thing, it is a -long- litany. A constant drip of chicken-shittery that ends up working like sand in the gears. It just slows everything down, pisses people off, and makes life harder for one side. One candiate gets the greased slide, the other one gets sand.

Spend your dollars accordingly.

The Phantom

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