“An app promoting a conspiracy theory featuring Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring lingered at the top of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store for months, with both tech giants receiving a cut of the revenue in the process,” Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny report for NBC News.
“The app, called ‘QDrops,’ sends alerts about a conspiracy theory called Qanon, an offshoot of the ‘pizzagate’ fiction that claimed Clinton was running a child sex trafficking ring out of the basement of a Washington pizza shop that didn’t even have a basement,” Collins and Zadrozny report. “Like many conspiracy theories, Qanon got its start on 4chan, an anonymous posting site that is a seedbed for extreme thought and a large number of online subcultures.”
“Apple removed the QDrops app from its app store on Sunday after inquiries from NBC News,” Collins and Zadrozny report. “‘The App Store has always supported all points of view being represented, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions and the quality of the experience is great,’ Apple spokesperson Stephanie Saffer said in a statement. ‘We have published clear guidelines that developers must follow in order for their apps to be distributed by the App Store, designed to foster innovation and provide a safe environment to all of our users. We will take swift action to remove any apps that violate our guidelines or the law — we take this responsibility very seriously.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Oops.
We’ve always been focused on curation…. We don’t subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to or if you don’t believe in free speech. We’re like the guy in the corner store. What you sell in that store says something about you. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, April 6, 2018