All the news that's fit to split: China demands Apple pulls the New York Times app from the App Store

All the news that's fit to split: China demands Apple pulls the New York Times app from the App Store
Last month, Chinese authorities demanded that Apple pull both the English language and Chinese language versions of the New York Times app from the country's App Store. Apple complied with the request on December 23rd. Regulations inside China are designed to prevent citizens there from learning about events taking place outside the country. These regulations are also the reason why social media apps like Facebook and Twitter have been blocked, as has email app Gmail.

There is a political reason for China's decision to block the New York Times. After all, apps from other publications that cover global news such as The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times remain available on China's app store. Some date China's attempt to block online versions of the Times back to 2012 when the paper wrote about Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family.


In October 2015, Apple removed its own News app from China so that Apple wouldn't be forced to censor the app itself. The app lists some of the top stories of the day, curated for iOS users.

source: NYTimes

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27 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I'm surprised it took that long, I would have thought it would be entirely locked down from the get go.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

China.......where freedom of the press has never been a concept. As Xondk said, this was to be expected as a requirement from such a stringent government.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

NYT is nothing but a fake news media spreading fear mongering. Every country should ban NYT

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Oh God......another Trump dumbass spreading hyperbolic rhetoric. Run along......I don't want to be your buddy.

10. willard12 unregistered

I don't know. He claims to love Trump and love China. Considering that China (or Jyna) and Trump hate each other, he's going to have 2 Devils over his shoulders tugging at him for the next 4 years. His heart will be torn. Censoring speech just happens to be an area of common ground from the two.

26. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Of course. Because we all know facts have a liberal bias.

3. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Interesting, so Apple is willing to cave to the Chinese government so that country can keep it's own citizens in the dark. Yet in this country Apple refuses to help the FBI retrieve information from a terrorist's phone. Way to keep your priorities straight Apple -- money is definitely more important than potentially saving lives! Such a scummy company.

9. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

So Google never caves to the Chinese government? All the apps I can get in the USA from Google Play, a person in China can get those exact same apps?

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

chinese android didnt have google play or any google services, they have their own app market

13. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Chinese android? Isn't android, android? All from Google?

14. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

R u really that noob?

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

He's really that noob, always has been. Chinese Android refers to forked versions of Android, which do not feature Google's services.

16. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Yes or no, is it Googles android?

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's of course Google's Android, but a forked versin of it, which Google doesn't have anything to with it as far as developmrnt and maintainace of the OS is concerned. Anyone can use Android withiut Google, but to actually have Google's services, an OEM must use the version of Android which Google endorses. It isn't really that hard to grasp. Google pulled away it's Play Store services from China because all Chinese OEMs use the official version of Android... Heck, Google also has pulled away most of it's other services from China due to the Chinese government's regulations and the censoring content from overseas, as it's written in this article.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Edit: Google pulled away it's Play Store services from China because all Chinese OEMs DO NOT use the official version of Android, but Forked Android, which do not meet Google's terms and conditions in order to have access to the Play Store.

4. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

As much as I dislike the communist government let's get real folks. China and America don't exactly see eye to eye. The US have been know to use propaganda for international politics to sway their way (which China have been doing too but at a much smaller scale).

17. willard12 unregistered

What does the US and China not seeing eye to eye have to do with this article? Unless you're saying Jeff Bezos, the billionaire who owns Amazon and is also the owner of the Washington Post, is a pawn for US government. Trump (The President-Elect of the US and China Hater) pulled the press credentials from the Washington Post after they ran negative stories on his taxes, Trump U, etc. When the WP is censored by China and a future President who hates China, which way are you saying the propaganda from the Washington Post is going? And since unlike China, the US doesn't have state-run media and doesn't censor media outlets or block Facebook or Twitter, how is China using propaganda on a smaller scale? And, if the US is using the media for propaganda (though they are are privately run), can you please explain why Fox News and MSNBC can't get on the same page? Is the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal spreading US government sponsored propaganda? They seem to disagree a lot. Maybe, just maybe, it's people like you who are responsible for spreading propaganda. If you noticed, no one from the US government has come here to censor your PA comment about them spreading propaganda. Ironic.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Things may not be perfect here but glad I live here and not there.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7117; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am talking the US

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

No freedom of the Press... The Chinese government is just as oppressive as North Korea How unfortunate it is to live in such places!

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nothing is stopping an oppressed people to make a revolution if it doesn't like the way it is governed; China is not a problem, the Chinese people that accept the fist in the mouth is the real problem (for them).

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Nothing is stopping an oppressed people to make a revolution if it doesn't like the way it is governed;" Yes there is. They're called firing squads.....and China still employs all manner of other means of repression of information as well. We're talking full media/journalism control holding, highly rhetorically driven regime that would gladly imprison any would be protestors (if said protestors get luck enough to make it to their cells). There are times where the people hold an extremely favourable position regarding changing political convictions. However, this case, alongside that of Venezuela and other nations, isn't one of them. Give it a decade or two when the Chinese middle class grows large enough to be of weight to have a shot to break the shackles of oppressive governance.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I live in a country that used to be a dictatorship and where the people one day overthrown the government with thousands lives lost and people injured; the same thing happened all over Europe (Germany included). Freedom is won with lives, with self sacrifice, with courage and with a free spirit; that's the things that are missing in Chinese people (one that is capable of great things).

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Are you saying you've got the courage to self-sacrifice your life for the freedom of speech in your country? Wow, but the Chinese people have not the guts you've got, though... And their chances of succeeding in a revolt/protest are pretty slim.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, I'm a coward; I don't give a f**k if I live in Germany or in Ireland, I don't give a f**k if I pay taxes to France or Nederland, I don't care if I am called British or Catalan. My life is more important than anything else.

20. Tizo101

Posts: 543; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

If Chinese people are happy then it's all good and it's really not our business to judge and dictate how they do things in China because we are not Chinese. personally, I wouldn't cry for any news app - all these journalist tell inaccurate stories, peharps before we talk about freedom of press we should look at the reliability of the press.

24. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

China is the New Russia.

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