Apple has sparked anger after giving iPhone customers a news push alert claiming 9/11 was the cause of the Capitol riots

Apple has sparked anger after giving iPhone customers a news push alert claiming 9/11 was the cause of the Capitol riots

The notification, sent on Saturday, appeared to claim that the events 20 years ago on September 11, 2001, led to the violent scenes in Washington DC earlier this year.

Apple has come under fire for a news push alert it sent to iPhones on the 9/11 anniversary that suggested the terror attack ‘set the stage’ for January’s Capitol Riot.

The company’s iPhone users received an alert saying: ‘How the 9/11 attacks ushered in an era of fear and mistrust in the U.S. – and set the stage for the January 6 insurrection’.

But social media users lashed out at the phrasing of the notification with rightwing commentator Candace Owens calling it ‘sickening’ and ‘despicable’.

The push notification linked readers to a podcast interview with documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk, who has a new film being released by PBS’ Frontline called America After 9/11.

In the documentary, at least one commentator – former national security adviser for President Obama Ben Rhodes – suggests that the Capitol insurrection was the ‘logical endpoint’ of the ‘9/11 era.’

Social media users, particularly conservatives, are attacking Apple for a push notification it sent to iPhone users linking them to a story that suggested the attacks on September 11, 2001 led to the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. +5
Social media users, particularly conservatives, are attacking Apple for a push notification it sent to iPhone users linking them to a story that suggested the attacks on September 11, 2001 led to the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021.

‘When you have people who can’t trust institutions anymore, who are angry that the wars that they were promised great victories in didn’t turn out well, they start to look for people to blame,’ Rhodes said.

Right wing commentator Candace Owens called the push ‘sickening.’ ‘I cannot even put into words how absolutely despicable this is. How dare @Apple make an absolute mockery of the lives that were lost on 9/11?

‘This is sickeningly disrespectful to the heroes and survivors of September 11th.’ The tweet has gotten over 5,000 retweets, nearly 400 quote tweets and over 1,600 replies, many of people suggesting they were going to get rid of their iPhones or other Apple products.

‘They literally hate us. That settles it for me. I’m giving up the Apple dynasty. Damn spies and traitors,’ said conservative personality and podcast host Monica Matthews. ‘Shame on you, @AppleNews,’ wrote Mike Neal, a former aide to former Vice President Mike Pence.

Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001, which killed 2,977 people +5
Five people died in the attack on the United States Capitol — which was also one of the places that were attacked on 9/11 — on the day of January 6 +5
In the documentary, at least one commentator — former national security adviser for President Obama Ben Rhodes — suggests that the Capitol insurrection was the ‘logical endpoint’ of the ‘9/11 era’ Spokespersons for Apple did not respond to a Mail Online request for comment.

The story the push notification takes phone users to is a 24-minute interview with Kirk discussing the film which ‘draws on two decades of original reporting across four presidencies, revealing the mistakes and missteps that reshaped America at home and abroad— and ultimately ushered in the fear and mistrust that led to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.’ The film was released on September 7, a good four days before the notification was sent out, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington that killed 2,977 people.

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