“Days after Apple yanked anti-censorship tools off its app store in China, another major American technology company is moving to implement the country’s tough restrictions on online content,” Paul Mozur reports for The New York Times.

“A Chinese company that operates Amazon’s cloud-computing and online services business there said on Tuesday that it told local customers to cease using any software that would allow Chinese to circumvent the country’s extensive system of internet blocks. The company, called Beijing Sinnet Technology and operator of the American company’s Amazon Web Services operations in China, sent one round of emails to customers on Friday and another on Monday,” Mozur reports. “‘If users don’t comply with the guidance, the offered services and their websites can be shut down,’ said a woman surnamed Wang who answered a Sinnet service hotline. ‘We the operators also check routinely if any of our users use these softwares or store illegal content.'”

“The emails are the latest sign of a widening push by China’s government to block access to software that gets over the Great Firewall,” Mozur reports. “The move came at roughly the same time that Apple said it took down a number of apps from its China app store that help users vault the Great Firewall. Those apps helped users connect to the rest of the internet world using technology called virtual private networks, or VPNs. Taken together, the recent moves by Apple and Amazon show how Beijing is increasingly forcing America’s biggest tech companies to play by Chinese rules if they want to maintain access to the market. Analysts say the government has been more aggressive in pressuring companies to make concessions following the passage of a new cybersecurity law, which went into effect June 1, and ahead of a sensitive Communist Party conclave set for late autumn.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why does the Communist Party of China so fear free expression?

When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. — Thomas Jefferson

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