In this case, for suppressing conservative viewpoints. Conservative? One can argue that Alex Jones’ InfoWars on iTunes is anything but true conservatism, and perhaps more sensationalist drivel that appeals to a tiny minority of humanity’s deplorables, but kudos to Apple for taking a stand and calling bias for what it is.
Biased. Thank God Apple is biased.
I know what you’re thinking. “Tera, you’ve lost it.” Or, perhaps, “Tera, you’re a lib-tard alt-right scumbag.” Whatever. I applaud Apple for admitting that it is biased. Why? Because there is no such thing as not being biased. We’re human. Bias is what we do. And, as Mitt Romney and the Supreme Court said, in effect, “Corporations are people, too” then it is OK for corporations to be biased.
Apple’s iTunes and App Stores are just that. They are stores. By nature, stores are biased, as in biased toward what will sell. Let’s say I manufacture bronze undergarments. Can I sue Macy’s or Target or Walmart because they are biased against bronze undergarment makers and refuse to put my wares in their stores?
Will such a lawsuit be successful? God, I hope not.
Apple is one of five major technology companies– Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter– who are targeted in a lawsuit for bias. Bias? Bias against right-wing news outlets. Anybody see a major problem coming down the road?
If Apple and others that distribute content can be regulated to serve all points of view, then I can sue Breitbart for bias against news releases which promote bronze undergarments that they refuse to run.
Yes. Uh huh. I can. Oh, and that’s nonsense, too.
Can Apple be sued because the App Store does not sell apps for Android OS? Yes. Successfully? No. Why not? Apple owns the damned store, people, and that means it can suppress Android applications or whatever else it determines to be rubbish– and promote bias– any damned way it sees fit.
The lawsuit comes from the so-called Freedom Watch, Inc. organization which is not about Apple Watch or about freedom but seems more about an entity that hopes to separate some of those rich companies on the list from their warehouses of cash. So, how about if I sue Freedom Watch to be included in the lawsuit (in the hopes of receiving some of a monetary settlement). Freedom Watch cannot prohibit me from joining the settlement because that would be biased (against me joining the settlement).
See how ugly, perverse, and stupid all this gets?
Bow down and praise whatever god you believe in– hairy thunderer or cosmic muffin— because Apple decided to be biased about something worthwhile.