Apple has eliminated a preferred podcast app known as Pocket Casts from its app retailer in China on the request of the Chinese language authorities, the app’s makers stated 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, via Apple two days earlier than the app was taken down from the shop.
“We consider podcasting is and will 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 vital market the place Apple manufactures most of its merchandise. Apple made over $13 billion — practically 15% of the corporate’s whole income — from China within the first three months of 2020 alone.
Final 12 months, as an illustration, Apple removed HKmap.dwell, an app that allow individuals in Hong Kong observe police in the course of the nation’s pro-democracy protests. It has also deleted VPN apps that allow Chinese language customers bypass native web censorship, in addition to apps from publications like Quartz and the New York Times after they printed articles crucial of China. Final 12 months, Apple also removed the Taiwan flag emoji for customers in Hong Kong.