Apple Blocking Some iPhone Apps in China

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Apple appears to be excluding some applications from its App Store in China. The missing applications include references to the Dalai Lama and Rebiya Kadeer, and is likely a requirement imposed on Apple by the Chinese government, according to PC World.

The blocked apps all relate to exiled spiritual leaders.

Apple isn't the first technology company to censor online content to comply with China laws. Google -- the company with the "do no evil" business model -- already blocks pornographic and many politically-related search results in China. According to the Internet search company, it must comply with China's laws and regulations to offer its services in the country.

This also isn't the first time Apple found itself on China's censor list. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the government temporarily blocked access to the iTunes Store after Apple started selling a pro-Tibet album.

While succumbing to China's censorship may be a disappointment, it is also an unfortunate side effect of doing business in the country. Until the country's government changes its policies, companies like Apple and Google will be forced to comply if they want to do business in China -- and its citizens will be forced to find ways around the country's firewalls to gain access to blocked content.

Comments

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Or, if the App Store isn’t the only legitimate way to get applications, then the onus is on the Chinese to do the censoring rather than on Apple to collaborate with them.

On the other hand, it would be cool to sponsor a prize for a developer that could get the most subversive anti-Chinese-government Easter egg into an app and get it by the Apple censors.

iVoid

They’re submitting to the USA’s censorship, so why not China’s?

Prophetino

Apple morality equals ...
a) more $
b) more $, less critisism
c) more #%$ $, no critisism

geoduck

I’m always amazed when people are shocked that Apple or any other company would do this kind of thing.
A corporation exists for one purpose: to make money. Morality has little or nothing to do with making money. Corporations are amoral, and if they are not they get in trouble with their shareholders.
I don’t fault Apple for complying with the Chinese requirements. The alternative would be to lose income and the bottom line is why Apple or any other corporation exists.

Ted

Fuck the Chinese government.

Nookster

:-D

computerbandgeek

They?re submitting to the USA?s censorship, so why not China?s?

Couldn’t have put it better myself..

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