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Apple News’ Latest Hire Comes From Condé Nast China

Liz Schimel, the former president of Condé Nast China, is now Apple’s “Head of News Business,” Deadline reported.

By NTK Staff | 09.07.2018 @2:00pm
Apple News’ Latest Hire Comes From Condé Nast China

Tech giant Apple’s latest hire for its Apple News venture has extensive experience working in China, the latest sign that the company is eager to make inroads in the emerging market.

The company hired Liz Schimel, who previously served as president of Condé Nast China. Deadline reports that Schimel listed her new Apple job on LinkedIn as “head of news business.”

Schimel served as president of Condé Nast China, lists her title at Apple as “head of news business” on her LinkedIn page, which says she started in Cupertino in July. In addition to Condé Nast, she has also had stints at Comcast Ventures and as chief digital officer at media conglomerate Meredith, which several months ago closed its acquisition of Time Inc.

A brief sweep of Twitter found a @lizschimel Twitter account that had only one tweet from five years ago, but it’s surprisingly relevant to Apple:

Apple infamously deleted more than 600 virtual private network (VPN) apps from its App Store last year, in its latest move to appease the authoritarian government’s crackdown on its citizens’ access to the free and full internet. In September 2017, China reportedly jailed a man for selling VPNs to Chinese citizens.

Shortly after Apple’s VPN capitulation to China, CEO Tim Cook traveled to the Asian country, and declared that Apple and China have a shared vision when it comes to cyberspace.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted Cook’s hypocrisy on the issue:

“So again, here’s an example of a company, in my view, so desperate to have access to the Chinese marketplace that they are willing to follow the laws of that country even if those laws run counter to what those companies’ own standards are supposed to be,” Rubio concluded. “[This is]…how some of these individuals like to come here and lecture us about free speech and human rights and domestic problems, then go abroad and are fully cooperative on some grotesque violation of human rights because there’s a lot of money to be made.”

Still, Schimel’s hiring is about the least controversial news to come out of Apple News in the past year. The company drew criticism in June for declaring that gatekeepers at Apple would determine the news that users would see on their phones. In May 2017, Apple News hired Laura Kern, the editor of the liberal New York Magazine, to serve as its new editor-in-chief, drawing criticism from conservative observers.

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