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Is Apple iPhone latest News Update an Effort to Influence 2016 Election?

October 13th, 2016
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Before a user can unlock their phone or do anything else, they are exposed to headline news items that Apple has selected. Why are those headlines routinely pro-Hillary Clinton, and anti-Donald Trump? Screen capture from iPhone 6.

Apple’s latest update – iOS10 – produces a screen view shown in the photo at the left that features a news widget with headlines that users did not request.

A call to Apple’s support line was connected to a technical service representative, who was asked how these particular news sources were picked? The representative identified herself as “Fabiola,” and she explained that these were headlines from various news sites.

When asked why those sites favored Democratic candidates, she apologized and referred us to their customer feedback page and to Apple’s media line.

A follow up call from MHProNews to the Apple media office went to voice mail.  This post will be updated if and when Apple’s media department answers how they selected news sources that happen to be pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-Donald Trump.

Headlines You Can’t Avoid Seeing Without Disabling

For those who lock their iPhones, this news widget screen is shown prior to a user being able to access any functions.

On our personal iPhones, over the course of several days, there has not been one pro-Donald Trump campaign headline since this new “feature” went into effect.

By contrast, anti-Trump and/or pro-Hillary Clinton campaign headlines have appeared with each and every logon.

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Apple’s media office has not responded to our inquiry on this issue, as of press time. This post will be updated if and when Apple does respond. Instructions on how to disable this anti-Trump news widget are shown below.

With less than 4 weeks to go to the general election, and with early voting underway in several states, is this an in-your-face reminder of who Apple would like to see users voting for – or against – in 2016?

Given that Apple CEO Tim Cook has hosted a fundraiser for Clinton at up to $50,000 per ticket, and revelations by WikiLeaks of collusion between senior Clinton campaign officials, major corporations and certain media sites, the timing of this new “feature” in the iOS10 update is one that other media should explore and expose.

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TMZ has reported that NBC held the Billy Bush video until just prior to the second debate. Why has there been no similar coverage of the far more numerous allegations against Bill Clinton sexual assualts, and Hillary’s role in attacking the victms of those assaults? Why so little coverage of the many ‘drops’ by WikiLeaks of revelations from the Clinton Campaign? Screen capture from iPhone 6 of unrequested anti-Trump, pro-Clinton news headlines.

Apple’s “Fabiola” emailed the following instructions on how to modify the widgets in iOS10.

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Hillary Clinton says she is opposed to the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court. While companies have the right to free speech, is stealth manipulation of American citizens acceptable?

Starting from the home screen:

HOW TO REMOVE WIDGETS:

  • Swipe to the left
  • Tap Edit
  • Remove Widgets by tapping on the left red. ##

(Images are screen captures from Tony Kovach’s iPhone 6.)

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews.com, MHLivingNews.com and MH Consultant.

Submitted by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach to the Daily Business News, MHProNews.


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