“Apple has disabled its news app in China, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation, the most recent sign of how difficult it can be for foreign companies to manage the strict rules governing media and online expression there,” Paul Mozur and Katie Benner report for The New York Times.
“The Apple News app, which the company announced in June, is available only to users in the United States, though it is being tested in Britain and Australia. Customers who already downloaded the app by registering their phones in the United States can still see content in it when they travel overseas — but they have found that it does not work in China,” Mazur and Benner report. “Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., declined to comment.”
“Beijing generally insists that companies are responsible for censoring content inside China,” Mazur and Benner report. “In Apple’s case, that would mean it would probably have to develop a censorship system — most Chinese companies use a combination of automated software and employees — to eliminate sensitive articles from feeds.”
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MacDailyNews Take: On-device censorship? There’s a fine kettle of fish.
Here’s to the staid ones. The conformists. The censors. The sellouts…