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One More Anti-Censorship Application Taken off China's App Store

Apple’s decision, second in the last three months, to withdraw one more app that deals with the internet censorship laws in China, is again under fire

Dec 18 2013, 8:38am CST | by

One More Anti-Censorship Application Taken off China's App Store
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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.

The application that Apple removed in October is called Open Door. It allowed users of iOS devices to get around internet firewalls, even the famous "Great Firewall of 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

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/25" rel="author">Bijon Kumar Pramanik</a>
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.

 

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