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Technology Apple pulls Quartz news app from China app store

00:06  11 october  2019
00:06  11 october  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China

  Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China “This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”Apple initially rejected HKmap.live from the App Store earlier this month, then reversed its decision a few days later. Now it has reversed its reversal.

According to Quartz investigations editor John Keefe, Apple has removed the Quartz app from the iOS App Store . The website, which has been covering the Hong Kong protests in detail, has also been blocked across all of mainland China . Apple is the most recent company to become intertwined with

Apple has blocked a US news app from its Chinese service as the iPhone maker is accused of bowing to pressure from state censors over pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Quartz , a US news site covering the Hong Kong protests, said its app was blocked from its App Store in China with a

The news organization Quartz, which has been covering the Hong Kong protests in depth, recently found its app unavailable from Apple's app store in China.

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Quartz received a notice from Apple on September 30 that said the app was being removed "because it includes content that is illegal in China," according to a Quartz spokeswoman. No specifics were given on what that content was, she said.

The news outlet also said that its entire website is inaccessible in mainland China.

Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China

  Apple removes app used by Hong Kong protestors after pressure from China “This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”Apple initially rejected HKmap.live from the App Store earlier this month, then reversed its decision a few days later. Now it has reversed its reversal.

Apple has removed thousands of gambling apps from its China app store , according to reports. The tech giant would not confirm reports suggesting it had pulled 25,000 apps , but in a statement the firm said "gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China ". The cull follows criticism

In a separate move, Apple also removed the Quartz news app from its App Store in China because Chinese authorities said the app violated local laws. In 2011, Apple modified its app store to remove apps that listed locations for drunken driving checkpoints not previously published by law

Quartzt has been covering the protests in Hong Kong for months, including information on how readers can get around government censorship by using VPNs, or virtual private networks.

"We abhor this kind of government censorship of the internet," Zach Seward, Quartz's CEO, said in a statement.

Apple did not immediately reply to CBS News' request for details on what content was deemed illegal.

The company has also pulled an app used in the Hong Kong protests, HKmap.live, from its China app store. The app disappeared on Thursday afternoon after a government-backed Chinese newspaper accused it of facilitating illegal behavior.

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