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Apple draws outrage after sending iPhone users news push alert suggesting 9/11 led to Capitol riot

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Apple has come under fire for a news push alert it sent to iPhones on the 9/11 anniversary, suggesting that the terror attack “set the stage” for the Capitol Riot in January.

The notice, 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.

The company’s iPhone users received a warning that read, “How the 9/11 attacks ushered in an era of fear and mistrust in the US — and set the stage for the January 6 uprising.”

But social media users lashed out at the wording of the report, with right-wing commentator Candace Owens calling it “sickening” and “despicable.”

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

In the documentary, at least one commentator—President Obama’s former National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes—suggests that the Capitol uprising was the “logical end point” of the “9/11 era.”

Social media users, especially conservatives, attack Apple for a push notification it sent to iPhone users linking them to a story suggesting that the September 11, 2001 attacks led to the Washington Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021 .

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

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens called the push “sickening.”

“I can’t even put into words how utterly despicable this is. How dare @Apple make fun of the lives lost on 9/11?

“This is sickeningly disrespectful to the heroes and survivors of September 11.”

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens called the push 'sick', adding that it was 'an absolute mockery of the lives lost'

Right-wing commentator Candace Owens called the push ‘sick’, adding that it was ‘an absolute mockery of the lives lost’

The tweet has received more than 5,000 retweets, nearly 400 tweets with quotes, and more than 1,600 comments, with many people suggesting they 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 marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people

Five people died in the attack on the United States Capitol - which was also one of the places attacked on 9/11 - on the day of January 6.

In the documentary, at least one commentator—President Obama’s former National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes—suggests that the Capitol uprising was the “logical end point” of the “9/11 era.”

Apple spokespersons did not respond to a request from Mail Online for comment.

The story the push notification takes phone users to is a 24-minute interview with Kirk, discussing the film. Drawing on two decades of original coverage from four presidencies, this film reveals the mistakes and missteps that have reshaped America at home and abroad—ultimately ushering in the fear and mistrust that led to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.’

The film was released on September 7, just over four days before the notification was sent, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington that killed 2,977 people.

It is also based on commentary from the likes of Jane Mayer and Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker, as well as several other journalists and officials.

“I can’t even put into words how absolutely despicable this is,” Owens added

‘Who are we? And what do we want to do as a nation? We answered that question too simply on Sept. 11: We’re the “good guys,” journalist and author Tom Ricks, formerly of The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, said in the film.

“And 20 years later, we learned that we are the enemy, that the greatest national security threat facing the United States is internal. And it has grown, in part due to the failure of US leadership in the past 20 years since 9/11.”

Five people died in the attack on the United States Capitol – which was also one of the sites attacked on 9/11 – on the day of January 6.

That protest, made up of supporters of former President Donald Trump, sought to undo his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress composed to count the electoral votes that marked the victory of then-President-elect Joe. Biden would confirm.

Former President Trump met police officers in New York City on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, before commenting on a boxing match later that day

Biden spent much of the day at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City during an anniversary ceremony with former Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama

Several living former presidents attended ceremonies or visited police officers or firefighters on the anniversary of the attacks.

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