Did iTunes 'Shadow Ban' the 'Walk in the Word' Podcast over a Trump Prayer Request?
- It will be a time of defiance.
- Past James McDonald admitshe wasn't a big fan of
Donald Trump the candidate,mainly skeptical of policy
promises and concernedover his moral history.
But now McDonald sayshe's been impressed with
Recently on Facebook theHarvest Church pastor asked his
viewers to pray for andsupport President Trump as he
considered his secondsupreme court nominee.
That's when something suspicious happened.
McDonald's podcast Walk inthe Word a favorite on iTunes
vanished from the charts.
The podcast which had neverdipped below the top 40
wasn't even making the top 200.
- The only thing we could reallyconclude was it was within
24 hours of us posting aboutpraying for Donald Trump
and the new supreme court election.
- Walk in the Word suspectsit's become part of a growing
number of prominent conservativeand Christian groups
shadow banned by tech giantslike Facebook, Twitter,
and now Apple.
That means the user and theircontent have been blocked
by an online communitywithout their knowledge.
- It's not surprising, I meanlook at what Facebook stock is
I mean they've taken a nosedive this week.
Twitter losing significantly as well.
People are tired of this leftwing initiative effort to
silence conservatives and Ithink that's why you see more
and more people coming tomore and more evangelicals in
particular coming to CBN, andother outlets that they can
trust who know they'regonna tell them the truth.
- Twitter has been accusedof limiting the visibility
of prominent Republicansin search results.
The company responded with ablog post saying it does not
shadow ban, however Twitterdid seem to admit that it makes
certain users posts harder to find.
Walk in the Word says itcan't come up with any other
explanation for the suddendrop from iTunes charts.
- We haven't gotten anythingmore than really a form letter
response, we want to believethe best but at this point we
can't seem to come to anyother conclusion than something
is either technically goingwrong or there's a censorship
going on here because of thecorrelation with that post.
And all the metrics that wehave that show that we should
still be ranking in the top 20 to 50.
- The ministry's legalcouncil the National Center
for Life and Liberty senta formal letter to Apple
inquiring about thedisappearance and requesting
CBN news has also reachedout to the tech giant
and so far no response to either request.
Caitlin Burke, CBN news.