Apple news editors are shaping the way iOS users receive election news

Greg S

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The Apple News app now features a new 2018 Midterm Elections section to offer up to date information and promote informed voting decisions. Apple's team of editors will be selecting reliable sources to feature making it easy to read about current issues.

In a series called The Conversation, Apple will highlight opinion columns on controversial topics. A wider variety of news sources will be included in this section in attempt to expose app users to more viewpoints. On the Ground will be a subsection dedicated to more regional and local issues at hand.

Although bias is inevitable where humans are involved, Apple is attempting to remain at least a little neutral. Coverage from The Washington Post, Axios, Politico, Fox News, Vox, and additional publishers will be featured.

Whether or not Apple truly remains neutral in carefully handpicking which articles to feature will be up to the end users to determine. According to Apple's public policy advocacy statement and regulatory filings, the company itself has not directly donated to any political candidates, parties, or action committees. CEO Tim Cook has personally donated to individuals on both sides of the aisle.

Apple's only direct financial involvement in political campaigns occurred in 2012 and 2014 to support bills that would increasing funding to local school districts for modernizing and improving classrooms. Donations of $9,000 and $9,500 respectively were issued to the "Support our Cupertino District Schools" campaign. However, lobbying efforts on specific bills are standard operating procedure.

For iOS users, ensuring that Apple News is up to date will allow the new feature to be accessed.

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stewi0001

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The sub-heading for this article, "Should Apple be deciding what political news is important?" I find humorous. Come on it's Apple. They decide on everything for you. ;P
 

Capaill

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Is there any independent body in the US that could oversee initiatives like this and ensure a fair and broad coverage of articles? Or is everything in the US tainted by political parties? If the latter, then why not Apple, you've got nothing better. At least they have people doing it and not an algorithm or AI.
 

Nobina

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Is there any independent body in the US that could oversee initiatives like this and ensure a fair and broad coverage of articles? Or is everything in the US tainted by political parties? If the latter, then why not Apple, you've got nothing better. At least they have people doing it and not an algorithm or AI.
"Everyone does it so should I" is shitty way to go about things.
 

ghostf1re

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Is there any independent body in the US that could oversee initiatives like this and ensure a fair and broad coverage of articles? Or is everything in the US tainted by political parties? If the latter, then why not Apple, you've got nothing better. At least they have people doing it and not an algorithm or AI.
Considering Apple is one of many companies that tends to lean very much to the left, I don't see this being a good thing. I could be wrong and they could surprise us with impartial news, but I highly doubt it. Everything is so politically motivated now that being impartial seems like a fantasy.