In case U.S. companies needed a reminder, China has served up a bold one in requiring Apple to pull down the New York Times app from its Chinese App Store.
Neither Apple nor China publicly specified what local laws the newspaper was breaking, but Apple said it was notified that the app had run afoul of the country’s rules.
“For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Apple said in a statement. “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.”
The newspaper criticized Apple’s move and asked the company to reconsider its decision.
“This is a deeply regrettable decision,” a New York Times representative said in a 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, including the United States.”
Well, at least Apple knows who’s the boss here. I want to know the reason why NYT app got pulled from the app store in China. Apple will do anything to keep China happy.