While we’re all for freedom of speech in the IntegratePR office, but we had a moment from the first act of Hamlet yesterday when we saw a new app that was released in the App Store last week. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an anti-Semitic hoax purporting to describe a Jewish plan for world domination. The text is now available as a .99 download in the app store. The Conference of European Rabbis, which represents Orthodox Jewish congregations, released a statement saying that while it is important to be able to study Jewish text in a proper religious context, an app available for any passerby to the app store could only benefit bigots and conspiracy theorists.
Does Apple have the right to disseminate this information? We discussed “Super Smutty Sign Language” in a previous post, and the merits of being able to produce content that may violate first amendment rights. However, “Protocols” is worse than providing offensive content, it is a text that dispels hateful theories. The Israeli information minister, Yuli Edelstein, told the Associated Press: “They wouldn’t allow pedophilia and pornography on their networks. They shouldn’t allow xenophobia, anti-Semitism or racism.”
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