Apple iTunes is being accused by some of having “shadow banned” the podcast of Illinois Pastor James MacDonald after he called on listeners to pray for President Donald Trump.
A “shadow ban” involves blocking a website account in a way where the account’s content is not readily available to others on a website. The user is unaware that their content is blocked.
CBN reported that although MacDonald’s popular “Walk in the Word” podcast remains available for listening on iTunes, his podcast inexplicably plummeted down the podcast charts after the pastor posted a message last month calling on listeners to pray for Trump.
“Over the course of analyzing this strange change, someone brought to our attention that the change correlated almost exactly with a Facebook post made by Pastor James calling for Christians to pray for the President as he selected his nominee to replace Justice Kennedy,” Dan Sumpter, the global creative director for Harvest Church, explained to CBN.
Sumpter himself did not accuse Apple of wrongdoing, explaining that they were “giving Apple the benefit of the doubt.”
“They have been a wonderful partner for many years as our ministry has grown to become one of the largest in the world, but we are running out of plausible, alternative explanations,” Sumpter added.
“We’ve gone through a series of tests and much analysis. It seems more likely that there’s something going on here that only Apple can answer.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski