Tim Cook Calls for Confederate Flags to Be Removed, but What About the App Store?

Tim Cook was one of the high-profile businesspeople who called for the Confederate flag to be removed from South Carolina’s State House, but Apple’s App Store contains a number of apps with that very flag, as 9to5 Mac has pointed out.

Cook confederate flag

Search the App Store for “confederate,” and you’ll find a number of apps displaying this symbol:

Confederate app store

To be fair, not all of these apps are using the flag as a symbol of racism; many discuss the Civil War, where it is certainly justified to display this image (just as displaying a swastika in an app about World War II is valid).

But if Mr. Cook is serious about wanting the symbol removed, it’s a good idea to have a look at the App Store.

Amazon announced that they would remove all such items from their store, but you can still find a few, such as this flag and this mousepad.

4 thoughts on “Tim Cook Calls for Confederate Flags to Be Removed, but What About the App Store?

  1. It’s okay. But I’m wondering how far people will actually go for political correctness? Erasing parts of history just because it’s offensive to some people is a slippery slope. Don’t forget, the American Flag wiped out millions of native Americans wholesale — shall we ban the American Flag? The last time a government, and it’s industry and business leaders attempted to re-write history, and remove parts of history the U.S. ended up dropping atomic bombs and invading Europe to stop them.

    • I agree. It’s hard to draw the line, because that line is never clear. They did remove a whole bunch of apps, only to go back and reinstate some of them. They acted too quickly.

  2. It’s okay. But I’m wondering how far people will actually go for political correctness? Erasing parts of history just because it’s offensive to some people is a slippery slope. Don’t forget, the American Flag wiped out millions of native Americans wholesale — shall we ban the American Flag? The last time a government, and it’s industry and business leaders attempted to re-write history, and remove parts of history the U.S. ended up dropping atomic bombs and invading Europe to stop them.

    • I agree. It’s hard to draw the line, because that line is never clear. They did remove a whole bunch of apps, only to go back and reinstate some of them. They acted too quickly.

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