Apple News is disabled in China to prevent Cupertino from having to play censor

Apple News is disabled in China to prevent Cupertino from having to play censor
The Apple News app is running in the United States only, and has been since its launch last June. The app allows users to find in one place, all of the news stories that they are interested in, published in the style of the publications that they came from. The feature is currently being tested in Britain and Australia. If you are from the U.S., you should be able to access Apple News from any country, even though, as we pointed out, the service is for U.S. users only, at the moment.

According to the New York Times, there actually is one country where Apple has closed down Apple News. In China, iOS users from the United States, who back home and in other countries would normally see a list of articles to read based on the criteria they set, are instead receiving an error message. The notice says "Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region." Apple has disabled Apple News in China because it does not want to be forced to censor the content. In the country, the government puts the onus on corporations to censor sensitive material from news feeds.

Deciding that it isn't worth the bother and the potential for problems, especially in a country that was responsible for $13 billion of Apple's calendar third quarter revenue, second to the U.S., the tech titan has decided just to shut down Apple News in China. So if you're from the U.S. and wondering why your Apple News app isn't working in the country, now you know. Still, knowing why it is disabled in China doesn't seem to appease everyone. Larry Salibra, who founded software testing service Pay4Bugs, finds it "very disconcerting" that Apple is censoring news content that he already paid for and downloaded on his phone in the U.S., before he entered China.

Apple has refused to comment on the situation.

source: Reddit, NewYorkTimes

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8 Comments

1. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That's why Apple is making the biggest profits... they never let anything get in the way of profits... not anything. Microsoft is no better. Google is the only company who has tried to stand against that oppressive government. But even Google is back in China now. It's sad money means more than human rights to companies.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Money talks ;)

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You are correct, unfortunately all it says of late is "only big companies profit matter. Their customers or anything else does not matter."

4. youling

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2015

human rights is lower than economy.there is no harm in comparing with democratic state India,and then?u must have enough bread,afterwards u can chase human rights.

3. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Lucky Chinese Bastards, one app less to put away in their Apple-Crap folder that's filled with Apple's bloatware.

6. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Because reading a Buzzfeed list through Apple News is enough to land you in JAIL or be questioned by whatever's-the-Chinese-21st-century-Gestapo-is. Worth it.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey, Mitsjoke... You dont use iOS products,so stop LYING! Dont assume that Apple Native apps cannot be disabled: Settings>Restrictions>News (toggle OFF). Done! You will never see the app again, it wont start on its own, wont show up in sharing options, wont ask you to enable it... ever!

7. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

The Mao-and-Lenin-tainted Chinese Regime will NEVER go away until corporations like Apple man up to them. They are profiting from the backs of underpaid, underage labourers and oppressive and suppressive regimes, and they're HAPPY doing business with them. For Shame, Apple! They should stand up against the Great Firewall by threatening to not do business anymore with their people, or Google cuts off the Android code and systems from Chinese industry.

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