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 mentioned on Thursday.
Pocket Casts tweeted that it was 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 imagine podcasting is and may stay an open medium, free of presidency censorship,” tweeted Pocket Casts. “As such, we received’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 revamped $13 billion — almost 15% of the corporate’s whole income — from China within the first three months of 2020 alone.
Final yr, as an example, Apple eliminated HKmap.reside, an app that allow folks in Hong Kong monitor police in the course of 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 Instances after they printed articles crucial of China. Final yr, Apple additionally eliminated the Taiwan flag emoji for customers in Hong Kong.