Apple responds to Chinese government auction again, removes independent podcast apps from App Store in China – OSnews

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Apple Inc. has removed the Pocket Casts and Castro podcast apps from its App Store in China at the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the app developers said this week.

“We believe podcasting is and should remain an open medium, free from government censorship,” Pocket Casts wrote on Twitter. “As such, we will not censor podcast content upon their request. The developers said Apple contacted them on behalf of the Chinese regulator and the app was removed two days later.

The developer wrote that Apple said Pocket Casts included “illegal content in China, as determined by the CAC.”

It turns out that the developers behind these two small podcast apps have a stronger and bigger backbone than Apple – because Apple censored its own podcast app when the Chinese government ordered them to.



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