Apple caves to Chinese pressure

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An excerpt from today’s Morning Media Newsfeed, which is published by AdWeek:

Apple, complying with what it said was a request from Chinese authorities, removed news apps created by The New York Times from its app store in China late last month. (NYT)

The removal occurred after Apple was contacted by and complied with Chinese authorities. Both the English-language and Chinese-language apps were removed on Dec. 23, which happened a day after the Times published a piece about a Chinese propaganda video warning about the West’s “devilish claws.” (Mediaite)

Neither Apple nor China publicly specified what local laws the newspaper was breaking, but Apple said it was notified the app had run afoul of the country’s rules. “We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Apple spokesman Fred Sainz told the Times. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.” (Recode)

The removal of the Times’ apps from the App Store is the highest profile instance of Apple’s acquiescence to China’s efforts to censor certain content. The company even blocked access to its own News app in an effort to meet the requirements of the Chinese government. China previously censored the Times’ website in 2012 following a series of articles on profiteering by the family of then-Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. (International Business Times)

Way to go, Apple. Way to go.

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