They Refused To Censor Their Podcasts. Apple Eliminated Them From Its Chinese language App Retailer.

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Apple has eliminated a well-liked podcast app known as Pocket Casts from its app retailer in China on the request of the Chinese language authorities, the app’s makers mentioned on Thursday.

Pocket Casts tweeted that it had been contacted by the Our on-line world Administration of China, the company that regulates and censors the nation’s web, by means of Apple two days earlier than the app was taken down from the shop.

“We consider podcasting is and may stay an open medium, free of presidency censorship,” tweeted Pocket Casts. “As such, we gained’t be censoring podcast content material at [the CAC’s] request.”

Apple didn’t reply to a request for remark from BuzzFeed Information.

Apple has an extended historical past of censoring content material on its platforms in response to calls for from China, a big and essential market the place Apple manufactures most of its merchandise. Apple made over $13 billion — almost 15% of the corporate’s complete income — from China within the first three months of 2020 alone.

Final yr, as an illustration, Apple eliminated HKmap.dwell, an app that allow individuals in Hong Kong observe police throughout the nation’s pro-democracy protests. It has additionally deleted VPN apps that allow Chinese language customers bypass native web censorship, in addition to apps from publications like Quartz and the New York Occasions after they printed articles vital of China. Final yr, Apple additionally eliminated the Taiwan flag emoji for customers in Hong Kong.