Just Following Orders: Apple Deletes 25,000 ‘Illegal’ Apps from its China App Store Just Following Orders: Apple Deletes 25,000 ‘Illegal’ Apps from its China App Store – NTK Network

Just Following Orders: Apple Deletes 25,000 ‘Illegal’ Apps from its China App Store

It’s the latest capitulation to the authoritarian regime in China, and another loss for freedom of expression in the Asian country.

By NTK Staff | 08.20.2018 @12:00pm
Just Following Orders: Apple Deletes 25,000 ‘Illegal’ Apps from its China App Store

Tech giant Apple is continuing to aid authoritarian forces inside China by deleting thousands of apps in its App Store, according to reports. Apple deleted 25,000 apps deemed “illegal” in its latest crackdown:

Apple has reportedly pulled more than 25,000 apps from its App Store in China that were deemed to fall foul of Chinese regulations. At least 4,000 of these apps were tagged with the word “gambling,” according to Bloomberg, while the 25,000 figure comes from state broadcaster CCTV.

This marks the latest example of Apple complying with the strict rules in China, deemed necessary in order to gain access to China’s massive consumer market, rather than standing up for the principles of freedom.

Last year, Apple removed more than 600 virtual private network (VPN) apps from its China App Store. Citizens used VPNs to access the full internet, which is severely limited in China. By shutting down those VPNs, Apple was complicit in limiting Chinese citizens’ freedom to access uncensored news and information.

Later that same year, Apple complied with the Chinese government’s demands that all Chinese citizens’ iCloud storage data be housed in Mainland China. Previously, that data had been stored in the U.S.

Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company’s business in China by saying the work its doing there is not in conflict with the company’s “values.”

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