In Similar Move to App Store Crackdown, China Deletes 10K Social Media Accounts Overnight In Similar Move to App Store Crackdown, China Deletes 10K Social Media Accounts Overnight – NTK Network

In Similar Move to App Store Crackdown, China Deletes 10K Social Media Accounts Overnight

Censors in China continue to limit free expression in the increasingly authoritarian state. Meanwhile, Apple is more engaged than ever with the Chinese government.

By NTK Staff | 11.14.2018 @1:00pm
In Similar Move to App Store Crackdown, China Deletes 10K Social Media Accounts Overnight

The Cyberspace Administration of China deleted more than 9,800 social media accounts in the country’s latest authoritarian crackdown of free expression, according to Variety.

More than 9,800 accounts were removed from Chinese social media platforms such [as] WeChat and Weibo, the country’s Twitter equivalent, as well as from its Google-like search engine Baidu. The sweep also included leading private-sector news aggregators Toutiao and Sohu.

Deleted accounts included those of “a popular talk show celebrity, an entertainment blogger who shared film footage, online influencers commenting on social issues, and bloggers writing extensively on ethnicity,” according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Tech giant Apple allowed Chinese authorities to delete more than 600 virtual private network apps last year. These apps allowed Chinese citizens to gain access to the full, free internet – something they are not able to do under the authoritarian rule of the Chinese government.

Apple also deleted 25,000 apps from its China App Store deemed to be “illegal” by Chinese authorities back in August. Apple has also complied with Chinese demands that Chinese citizens’ iCloud storage data be transferred from U.S. facilities to those in China, raising concerns about government meddling in private citizens’ affairs.

Apple’s decision to appease China and their so-called “Great Firewall” drew considerable backlash in the U.S. Meanwhile, Chinese officials have indicated that they need Apple CEO Tim Cook working for them in conversations involving Chinese trade with President Donald Trump.

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