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#GamerGate attacks "race/gender baiters" like Apple for pulling Confederate-themed games from App Store

"Thanks Apple, your excessive censorship of the App Store has drug us into the flag controversy," one user wrote


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Scott Eric Kaufman
June 26, 2015 12:06AM (UTC)

Apple's decision to remove games featuring the Confederate flag from the App Store is drawing the ire of GamerGaters, who see this as yet another attempt by those on the left to muzzle expression they don't approve of.

An Apple spokesperson told Buzzfeed News otherwise, saying that the company "removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines," but insisting that it is "not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses."

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Members of the #GamerGate collective took offense, but before they could express it fully had to do what they do best -- make the controversy about themselves:

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Because clearly, this is the beginning of the end:

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Not that everyone was happy about their hashtag's new association with the flag:

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And frankly, I can't entirely disagree with their reasoning on this one -- especially not when they identify the root cause of the problem like this:

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Or this:

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Because they know that their support's going to be understood like this:

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Of course, there's a reason why they're all cranky today:

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For the record, Fred Zeleny deserves a round of applause for this fine bit of foresight:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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