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2021-06-04 00:51

“The youth are angry, heaven and earth are weeping… How did our land become a sea of blood? How did the path home become a path of no return?” The Path of Man, by Jacky Cheung

Two years ago, Apple was removing a song by Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung from its Chinese streaming service, along with the songs of other Hong Kong singers (Anthony Wong and Denise Ho).

Since 2019, thousands of apps have disappeared from Apple’s App Store in China. As described by the New York Times (link on the name NYT to their investigation), “Apple has created an internal bureaucracy that rejects or removes apps the company believes could run afoul of Chinese rules. Apple trains its app reviewers and uses special software to inspect apps for any mention of topics Apple has deemed off limits in China, including Tiananmen Square, the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and independence for Tibet and Taiwan.”

Apple regularly claims it removes apps in China to comply with local laws, but, to date, the firm never substantiated those claims.


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