The new iTunes social network Ping will let you connect directly with your favorite artists, but Apple’s promotional image for the new feature conveniently omits a string of Tweets from Lady Gaga’s timeline in which she protests anti-gay marriage legislation Proposition 8.
It’s a little thing, but given the controversies Apple has faced around app store censorship, and the direct-to-audience promise of both Twitter (and presumably Ping), it certainly seems notable. Apparently the company wanted to have its cake and eat it too when it came to one of the world’s most famous, and outspoken, musical artists.
Apple is notoriously squeamish about gay-themed iPhone apps. This ambivalence seems to have made the jump to Ping, The music social network Apple announced today. In a promo screenshot, they censored Lady Gaga’s tweets celebrating the demise of Prop 8.
Apple left out a string of tweets in which Gaga lauds the downfall of California’s anti-gay marriage law in its introduction of Ping, the new iTunes-based social network which lets you connect with artists and other music fans.