Apple slammed for 'despicable' 9/11 tribute claiming terror attack 'set the stage' for the Capitol riot
APPLE has been slammed for its "despicable" 9/11 tribute after claiming the terror attack "set the stage" for the Capitol riot earlier this year.
Apple News was criticized after appearing to link the atrocity of 9/11 and the stormingof the US Capitol on January 6 by hundreds of Trump supporters in a bid to overturn his election defeat.
Five people died during the DC siege, including one US Capitol Police Officer, and hundreds of people have since been arrested.
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in the attacks at the Pentagon, World Trade Center and the Twin Towers after al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners.
On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, a push alert from Apple News said: "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."
The news story – titled "Apple News Today: In Conservation" – sparked outrage from talk show host Candace Owens and other social media users.
Candace said: "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."
Other social media users described the move from Apple as a "disgrace" and "inexcusable" – and some even threatened to ditch their iPhones.
One said: "Saw this live and was mortified. What a disgrace."
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Another wrote: "I have no words. Just wow! I can’t believe they went so low especially on the 20th anniversary."
A third said: "It feel it’s disproportionately disrespectful to such a important 20th memorial day. So many need this day to grieve, be heard, to honour."
A fourth wrote: "I think I may need to drop my iPhone into the trash compactor."
Another said: "I am rarely rendered speechless. But this is one of those times… wow, just wow."
The US Sun has contacted Apple for comment.
President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr Jill Biden, and other past presidents and their wives visited the Ground Zero site on Saturday where the World Trade Center twin towers fell 20 years ago.
I cannot even put into words how absolutely despicable this is.
A moment's silence was held at 8.46am – the exact time the first plane hit the North Tower.
And Donald Trump also made a surprise visit to cops and firefighters on the anniversary.
The former president was pictured smiling and shaking hands as he surprised NYPD and FDNY.
Ahead of his visit to the site, Trump sent a video message of support and also took a swipe at Biden.
"For the great people of our country this is a very sad day," Trump said in the 90-second long video which was shared online.
"September 11 represents great sorrow for our country.
"Many things were displayed that day, including most importantly the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind, the job they did was truly unbelievable. We love them and we thank them."
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