Apple announced on Thursday that it will remove games featuring Confederate flags in other than historical or educational contexts.
Apps that use “the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines,” the company said in a statement.
Flags and other tokens of the Confederate States of America, the alliance of slavery-supporting states which seceded from the United States in 1861 after the federal government moved to restrict slavery, have been heavily condemned after photos of 21 year old gunman Dylan Roof standing with the flag emerged online. Roof is accused of killing 9 black churchgoers in the Charleston church shooting on June 17.
On Monday South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate flag from state buildings and grounds.
Retailers including Wal-Mart, Amazon, Sears, eBay and Etsy announced this week that they would remove the flag from their retail and online stores. Google also took down digital ads featuring Confederate flags.
Hunted Cow, a browser and mobile game publisher, will resubmit its removed “Civil War 1862,” “Civil War 1863,” “Civil War 1864,” and “Civil War Gettysburg” games with an earlier confederate flag.
However, Game Labs, developer of “Ultimate General: Gettysburg” said that it won’t remove the confederate flag in order “to maintain historical accuracy.”