Apple once again has problems with one of its applications of the App Store, this time with New York Times. Last year a government agency closed several iTunes and iBooks services. Now, Apple is having trouble again with the New York Times app.
It appears that Apple received a request from the Chinese authorities and therefore removed the applications on December 23 in both English and Chinese.
In a statement, Apple spokesman Fred Sainz explained that the application in question violated local regulations, but that once the problems had been resolved, the application would be available again. Here are the statements of Sainz:
“We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, said of the Times apps. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”
It is not yet known what regulations were allegedly violating this application, nor what department or government agencies are behind this complaint.
Although Apple stated in its day that they complied with all local rules and regulations, they have preferred not to challenge a complaint by the Chinese government.
Eileen Murphy, spokeswoman for the New York Times newspaper, made the following statement:
“The request by the Chinese authorities to remove our apps is part of their wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by The New York Times of that country, coverage which is no different from the journalism we do about every other country in the world,” Ms. Murphy said in a statement.
Right now, apps from other newspapers like The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal are still available in the App Store of China. How long will it last?
As we know, in China they are very careful about what news; for example, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, among others that can not be used due to the country censorship system of the communist regime for fear that citizens know certain data.
Networks such as YouTube and various international media such as Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal or Le Monde are also banned.