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Apple Watch Gay Pride face displaying the rainbow flag turned off in Russia, the developer claims

The Apple Watch, Proud face, that was launched in June (Apple)

The Apple Watch Gay Pride face displaying the rainbow flag has apparently been “hard-coded” by the tech giant not to see in Russia, for a software developer who has knowledge of the code.

“The Apple Watch is proud to face is hard-coded to not appear when the paired iPhone is using the Russian locale,” tweeted Guilherme Rambo, a developer who writes for the website 9to5Mac.

Rambo also tweeted lines of code allegedly related to the unsuitability of the Pride of the dial of the watch in Russia.

The Apple Watch is proud to face is hard-coded to not appear when the paired iPhone is the use of the Russian locale pic.twitter.com/vEP8XquYsP

— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) of 31 August 2018

Russia has attracted widespread condemnation about the legislation signed by Vladimir Putin in 2013, a ban on the so-called “propaganda” of homosexuality in any environment where children could be present. In practice the law is used to restrict public discussion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and to block protests.

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Amnesty International described the law as “an affront to the freedom of expression and an attack on the rights of minorities.”

Fox News has reached Apple with a request to comment on this story.

In June, Apple released the new dial of the Watch to celebrate Pride. The tech-giant has also his Pride Edition Woven Nylon strap of the Watch with a new rainbow stripe. Similar to the first version of the rainbow Watch band, Apple is donating a portion of the proceeds from the number of LGBT advocacy organizations, including The Trevor Project and The National Center for Transgender Equality.

Next month, Apple is set to hold an event where it is expected to get out of multiple new iPhones, as well as an updated version of the Apple Watch.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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