Apple is complying with the regime in China to remove Quran and Bible apps from its App Store there – the latest effort to suppress religious activity in the communist country.
Apple Censorship reported in a tweet that the apps, Quran Majeed and Bible App by Olive Tree, had been taken down.
Chinese officials claim the apps violate laws that prohibit the use of religious text or materials.
A spokesperson from Olive Tree told the Washington Examiner, “We are currently reviewing the requirements to obtain the necessary permit with the hope that we can restore our app to China’s App Store and continue to distribute the Bible worldwide.”
Quran Majeed’s developer, Pakistan Data Management Services (PDMS), said in a statement, “According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities. We are trying to get in touch with the Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese authorities to get this issue resolved.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), a Washington, D.C.-based Muslim advocacy group, accused Apple of enabling genocide and called on the company to reverse its decision.
“By obeying the Chinese Communist Party’s order to remove Bible and Quran apps from its platform in China, Apple is enabling China’s religious persecution, including the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims. This decision must be reversed,” said Edward Ahmed Mitchell, national deputy director for CAIR.
He added, “If American corporations don’t grow a spine and stand up to China right now, they risk spending the next century subservient to the whims of a fascist superpower.”
As has previously reported, the Chinese government has doubled down on its extreme measures over the last few years to crack down on religious groups in the country.
The communist government took Christian WeChat accounts offline in May, telling users that it violated China’s “Internet User Public Account Information Services Management Provisions” and that accounts had been “blocked and suspended.”
Other Bible apps were eliminated from China’s App Store and hard copy versions were no longer able to be purchased online.
News report courtesy of cbnnews.
Here is my question: What’s China scared of? The world quakes and bows down to an immoral form of government, communism. While being excited to get cheap made products from overworked and underpaid workers.
To be fair… if Apple wants to remain in the Chinese market, their hands are tied here. They want to remain in a growing economy, although, reports suggest China might not be so rosy economically down the road. So if the big bad brother knocks and says remove such abs such, what do you think will happen? Makes the prospect of side-loading apps on iPhones more appealing in this case. Does make one wonder if iCloud and other services in China offered by Apple are secured for privacy as they state to the rest of the world… I would bet not, the government won’t allow them to operate. How does this affect security of devices in rest of the world?
One wonders how much did Google’s participation in China’s internet program lead to the digital police state they now have? All I recall hearing is Google was working with China on a search tool for the Chinese. What else was Google doing, especially in terms of Artificial intelligence?
If you recall, Google was one of the vocal critics of supporting the United States Military in I believe AI research. However, I am sure Google had no qualms getting into bed with Communist China for entry into the Chinese Market. Hey, cash is king and they would sell out their parents for it.
I’m case you are in a bubble, China has this tracking system that’s really sophisticated. Everyone has a social credit score. Act in ways the communists tell you to, you have a higher score and more “privileges”. Don’t act like they expect you to and your score goes down. This affects the ability to work, travel, etc. As you go about your business, thousands of cameras monitor the movements of citizens and immediately displays who they are, their score, etc. Your credit goes up and down even on your purchases. I don’t think George Orwell could have written a better dystopian system.
Already I have come across articles about the trade war affecting security firms access to this market. Hey! As long as we make money we could care less that China can monitor every citizen in real time at once.
They already have three to four times the surveillance camera systems as the United States.
How long before such technology and their evil uses comes to the United States and other Western nations?