Popular pro-life news outlet LifeSite has been banished from Apple News for showing “intolerance.”
According to LifeSite itself, Apple News initially approved the outlet and agreed to aggregate their news pieces on the Apple platform. Just a week later, however, the pro-life website was banished.
Well, according to a notification issued by Apple, the group “didn’t comply with Apple News guidelines” and publishes content which “shows intolerance towards a specific group.”
LifeSite has announced it will be reaching out to Apple for further clarification over its decision and will be appealing to be placed back on the news aggregator.
“We don’t yet know the reason for Apple’s decision to delete our channel,” said LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief John-Henry Westen. “However, at a time when there is growing evidence that tech juggernauts are engaging in concerted censorship against even mainstream conservative viewpoints, Apple’s decision – made unilaterally, and without opportunity to appeal – is frightening.”
Westen added that it “goes without saying that LifeSite would never promote intolerance or hatred against any group.”
“However, in our current divisive political climate, even mild expressions of common conservative viewpoints are often written off as de facto hatred and intolerance,” he said. “We certainly hope that this is not what Apple is doing. However, we urge our readers to contact Apple, and to respectfully demand that they reinstate LifeSite’s channel.”
LifeSite has launched a petition to help bring attention to its de-platforming.
“This unfounded decision seems to be designed to silence LifeSiteNews. But, we will not be silenced, and we are not taking this lightly,” the petition reads. So far, it has garnered just under 15,000 signatures.
LifeSite News was founded by Canadian pro-life organization, Campaign Life Coalition, back in 1997 and dedicated to covering “issues of culture, life, and family.”