Apple Inc. has removed several US Civil War games featuring Confederate flags from its App Store, Reuters reported, citing some game developers.
The flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have been at the center of debate since it emerged that Dylann Roof, 21, accused of killing nine black worshippers in last week’s South Carolina church shooting, had posed with the flag in photos posted online.
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley called on lawmakers Monday to take down the Confederate battle flag at the state capitol grounds.
Retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp. have stopped selling the flag.
“Apple has removed our game from App Store because of usage of the Confederate flag,” Game-Labs, developer of Ultimate General: Gettysburg, said.
To maintain historical accuracy, the company will not remove the flag from the game, Game-Labs said.
Hunted Cow confirmed that Civil War 1862, Civil War 1863, Civil War 1864 and Civil War Gettysburg were removed from the App Store.
“They will be resubmitted with an earlier confederate flag,” a Hunted Cow representative said.
Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. pulled Confederate flag merchandise from their shopping sites Tuesday.
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