Apple pulls New York Times from China App Store

Another act of censorship in the world's most populous nation...

Apple pulls New York Times from China App Store

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The New York Times has revealed that its digital edition has been removed from Apple's China App Store, as part of a wider move to stop Chinese readers from "accessing independent news coverage".

Apple has explained that Chinese authorities informed them that the app was "in violation of local regulations" and requested the US daily no longer feature.

"When this situation changes," a spokesman for the tech giant said, "the app store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China".

According to the newspaper, Apple removed both the English and Chinese language versions from its store in China on December 23rd.

This was due to new regulations designed to prevent activities "endangering national security, disrupting social order and violating the legitimate rights and interests of others".

It has asked Apple to backtrack on its decision.

Apps from other international media outlets, including Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times and BBC News are still accessible in China, though in the case of the BBC, the Chinese language version is blocked and English-language human rights and political stories are occasionally blocked.

The New York Times website has been blocked there since 2012, following its reporting on the private wealth of the Chinese political elite. The likes of Facebook, Google and YouTube are also blocked in the country.

Despite Mark Zuckerberg launching a charm offensive in Beijing in recent years, he has thus far been unsuccessful in getting his social network through 'The Great Firewall'.