ADDED ON: 09/03/2018

Apple Blocks the Gay Pride Watch Face in Russia

09/02/2018 | Techspot

Russia continues to heavily discriminate against the LGBT community, and Apple has quietly complied and blocked its rainbow Gay Pride watch face for any Apple Watches linked to an iPhone with its locale in Russia. People have been wondering for some time why they couldn’t access the rainbow watch face in Russia, and now iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed why on Twitter: “The Apple Watch pride face is hard coded to not show up if the paired iPhone is using the Russian Locale.” Apple announced the watch face and a matching pride band at its Worldwide Developer Conference a couple months ago, as part of their larger pride support campaign. Apple’s “unwavering commitment to equality and diversity” turns out not to be enough to stand in the way of profit margins for Apple Watches sold in Russia, which is disappointing but unsurprising.

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