The Apple iPhone's text image feature doesn't include any pictures of Xi Jinping, the leader of China. Now why would that be? 🤔
· Dec 19, 2020 ·

Apple iPhones have a handy feature in which you can easily search for famous celebrities and politicians and quickly insert humorous GIFs into your text messages.

Let's say you want to delight a friend of yours who still finds Stephen Colbert funny with a hilarious GIF of President Trump. Just type in "Trump" and you are presented with numerous choices.

And of course, there's Joe Biden, although these are going to better reflect the deference and respect that must be paid to the office of the Not-Yet-President-Elect.

What about foreign leaders of important nations? When you pull up Vladimir Putin you are presented with many choices here as well including yet more hilarious GIFs of President Trump because apparently everyone likes those.

But what happens when you search for Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Paramount Leader of China, the most populous nation in the world?

There are many innocent explanations for this. It could be a translation problem. Or maybe he's just camera shy. Perhaps there's some international copyright issues that need to be resolved. We all know how much the CCP cherishes the sanctity of intellectual property.

I guess it will just have to remain a mystery for now.

"Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president for internet software and services, who has been at the company since 1989, has told partners that 'the two things we will never do are hard-core nudity and China,' one creative figure who has worked with Apple told me. (BuzzFeed News first reported last year that Mr. Cue had instructed creators to 'avoid portraying China in a poor light.')"

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