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Someone reading the Koran on a smartphone

Apple has taken down one of the world’s most popular Quran apps in China, following a request from officials. Quran Majeed is available across the world on the App Store – and has nearly 150,000 reviews. It is used by millions of Muslims. The BBC understands that the app was removed for hosting illegal religious texts. The Chinese government has not responded to the BBC’s request for comment.– ‘China is one of Apple’s biggest markets, and the company’s supply chain is heavily reliant on Chinese manufacturing. Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been accused of hypocrisy from politicians in the US for speaking out about American politics, but staying quiet about China. Mr Cook criticised Donald Trump’s ban of seven Muslim-majority countries in 2017. However, he is also accused of complying with the Chinese government over censorship – and not publicly criticising it for its treatment of Muslim minorities. The New York Times reported earlier this year that Apple takes down apps in China if deemed off limits by the Chinese government. Topics that apps cannot discuss include Tiananmen Square, the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and independence for Tibet and Taiwan. Benjamin Ismail, project director at Apple Censorship, said: “Currently Apple is being turned into the censorship bureau of Beijing.– the most interesting aspect of this BBC report (to me) concerns the alleged censorship (by Apple, at the behest of the CCP) of key moments of history in China e.g. Tiananmen Square – defining historical events air-brushed from the pages of history on the direction of the Chinese Communist Party.

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CCP causes Apple to remove an app from its service in China

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