BEACON TRANSCRIPT- Not every country agrees with the news that is written by the New York Times. This is why Apple decided to respect the request made by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). This way The New York Times app is no longer available in the app store in China.
The decision was made on December 23. Bothe the Chinese-language and the English-language apps were removed from iTunes in China. CAC mentioned that they made this request because they believe that the New York Times app might be a threat to national security and they also fear for moral harm.
The internet regulatory body from China decided that it is best to remove the app from the app store immediately. Of course, the New York Times reacted to this news. In an official statement their spokeswoman, Eileen Murphy, mentioned that this is just another attempt to prevent people from reading the independent news.
Murphy also mentioned that they are trying to make Apple reconsider this decision because it is not in their interest to remove the app permanently. This is not the first time the Chinese government decides to block apps and websites. The New York Times website has been blocked since 2012 in China.
This is also not the first time Apple respects the request to remove or block an app on iTunes. Apple also removed its iTunes Movies and iBooks Store in China last year because they received a request from authorities. Even after a year, these services are still blocked.
The Chinese regulators also blocked other important news sites including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial, and CNN. Despite the fact that the websites are blocked, Chinese readers can still download these apps for app stores.
The news of the removal of the New York Times app has been made available with the help of some people who posted it on social media because the Chinese mainstream media did not report the app removal.
Many people mentioned that this is another way for Apple to make money in China following the rules of CAC. They also say that this is not a great move for the rights of people to read independent news publications.
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