Apple removes New York Times apps from App Store in China at behest of Chinese government

“Apple, complying with what it said was a request from Chinese authorities, removed news apps created by The New York Times from its app store in China late last month,” Katie Benner and Sui-Lee Wee report for The New York Times. “The move limits access to one of the few remaining channels for readers in mainland China to read The Times without resorting to special software. The government began blocking The Times’s websites in 2012, after a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of Wen Jiabao, who was then prime minister, but it had struggled in recent months to prevent readers from using the Chinese-language app.”

“Apple removed both the English-language and Chinese-language apps from the iTunes store in China on Dec. 23. Apps from other international publications, including The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, were still available in the app store,” Benner and Wee report. “‘We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,’ Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, said of the Times apps. ‘As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.'”

The Times bureau in Beijing said it had not been contacted by the Chinese government about the matter. A Times spokeswoman in New York, Eileen Murphy, said the company had asked Apple to reconsider its decision,” Benner and Wee report. “Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, has said that the company complies with all local laws… Foreign tech companies face increasing pressure from government authorities in China. In April, Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies were shut down in the country, just six months after they were introduced there.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ironically, The New York Times was Steve Jobs’ favorite “news” website to use in his iPhone and iPad keynotes.

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40 Comments

  1. Apple displays spinelessness again.

    At the very least, Apple should make public the regulations and notifications of violation that the corrupt Chinese government issued.

      1. Besides, making “corrupt Chinese government” statement is pointless. The government of the USA is corrupt, of the UK, of Russia, even of Iceland — they are all corrupt. In fact, the Chinese government might be the least corrupt of all listed as they execute of corrupt official of even minister rank regularly.

      1. The Washington Compost’s newest edition of “Express” depicts a crowd of women from an aerial view assembling for the great “Million Woman March” on Trump’s inauguration…however, the idiots at the Compost have the ladies assembled in the male symbol. Unreal.

      1. botty only believes what he wants to believe. As he has often demonstrated on this forum, any source of information that conflicts with his world view is flawed/corrupt/fake and any publications that support his world view are rock solid truth, even if totally fake.

        Clearly, botty and I will never see eye-to-eye. But I could work past that if he were open to honest debate – if his mind were not completely closed to change. Unfortunately, botty and his ilk represent one side of the right and left extremist political groups in this country, neither one of which can get past their own hypocrisy and tunnel vision.

        Moderation is the better path by far.

            1. Fox as ‘controlled opposition’. <-HAHAHAHAHA! If that's what you want to call propaganda, enjoy living in your fantasy world.

              Meanwhile, if Mr. Slim's 17% is the 'controlling' interest of the NYT, that's sick and entirely unimpressive. Poor old NYT.

            2. Oh Bot. I don’t take much stuff around here personally, except the nice stuff. But I continue to laugh at Fox, News Corp, and those who fall for their incredibly rich brew of bullshit. Feed the suckers what they want. Brains obese with bosh.

      1. Not so. A business leader, like a customer, can boycott a region that operates under unfair or immoral rules. But that takes principles that the greedy CEOs of Apple and the vast majority of the Fortune 500 choose not to demonstrate.

        If you do business with a communist, an IP thief, a polluter, supporter of child labor, arms dealer to murderous regimes, and censor of free press, then you are enabling the undermining of democratic processes and prosperity.

        Maybe it’s time to concern yourself with justice rather than unscrupulous profit.

        1. Maybe it’s time to join the real world where childish and simplistic empty-headed whimsical notions of ‘fair’ would land you in bankruptcy before you could blink.
          If you don’t do business…you have no business.

        2. I don’t know what universe you’re from, but here, CEOs of publicly traded companies primary responsibility is to earn profits for shareholders, they are NOT here to pass moral judgement on the actions and/or policies of foreign governments.

    1. Apple refused to unlock iPhone in San Bernardino massacre, BUT is bending over for China — I am a Apple stockholder and been using their products for more years than some of you been alive, BUT this is spineless!

      1. Dumbass.

        1. Apple was fighting to prevent backdoors in the US.
        2. They are not bending over backwards for China. They didn’t suggest to China that the NY Times should be banned. They were complying to a FOREIGN government where they do business.
        3. If it bothers you so much, I suggest you sell your stock and invest in what you believe are spineful companies.

    1. You make me laugh when I see you write this stuff Derek, because they are right on par with your nation’s government when it comes to being rotten to the core.

      With the chump coming on board we might actually see the battle of this totalitarian core against your torturing core. Hopefully that might finally wake you up to better way, the way of freedom, justice and civilized behavior, but I doubt it.

      I’ll be eating popcorn either way.

      Have a great year Derek.

      1. Total cognitive dissonance. I can’t tell if you’re agreeing with me, or with the current #MyStupidGovernment as I call it. Who’s torturing core? The current government or the Drumpf government. Both are torturing. Etc.

        So Huh?!

        And where am I supposed to fit inside of whatever this is? Is that who ‘you’ is, or do you mean the USA in general and not me?

        *total*confusion*spontaneous*self*combustion*imminent*

        1. I’m agreeing with you, but adding that your nation (the torturing core) is as corrupt as your stupid government as you call it, regardless of the leader.

          I don’t mean you personally, you are one of the coolest people I’ve met at this site, rather it’s your government like the government of China that needs an attitude adjustment, or a severe dose of ethics and morality.

          Don’t self combust, it’s not worth it.

          Take care Derek.

          1. Ah, thank you for clarification!

            Yup! your nation (the torturing core) is as corrupt as your stupid government as you call it, regardless of the leader.

            What a surprise that the Obama Administration was substantially the third and fourth terms of the GW Bush administration. Suckers.

            But what’s coming up, which is supposed to be some sort of reset, is going to blow people’s minds, if they don’t blow off their own heads in despair. We’re gonna have a full-blown sociopath in the White House. Enjoy Idiocracy everyone!

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