Dec 18 2013, 8:38am CST | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
The application that Apple decided to withdraw from its Chinese app store is called FreeWeibo, and its goal is to circumnavigate Chinese legal restrictions on the microblogging website named Sina Weibo. The app is similar to Twitter, and it was reported by Agence France-Presse that Apple pulled it from its Chinese App Store this Friday. The developer of the app believes that Apple was forced to this decision by the Chinese government.
As explained on the FreeWeibo’s website, the app provides "uncensored and anonymous Sina Weibo search" and disregards "relevant laws, legislation and policy." The application has been developed in cooperation with Radio Netherlands
According to a FreeWeibo representative, Apple's Review Board for apps told the developers that the app was taken off "because it goes against local laws." Apple has a history of being cautious with applications that may be against local legislation, particularly in China.
In April, Apple was forced to remove similar app, which allowed users in China to access books that are forbidden by the Chinese government.
In spite of all controversies over the rumors about the poor labor practices, as well as the anti-censorship app policy, Apple regards the Chinese market as increasingly important. Each quarter, Apple books almost $5 billion in China. With the deal Apple now has with China Mobile, the biggest wireless carrier in the world, some analysts predict that Apple’s revenues in China will go up to $10 billion.
Source: Apple Insider
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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