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Fury as Apple pulls US news app Quartz from China 'over Hong Kong coverage'

Telegraph 10 Oct 2019 11:25

Apple has blocked a US news app from its Chinese service as the iPhone maker is accused of bowing to pressure from state censors over pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Quartz, a US news site covering the Hong Kong protests, said its app was blocked from its App Store in China with a note from Apple saying it “includes content that is illegal in China”.

The ban on installing the app on iPhones or iPads prompted a furious reaction from the publisher and Quartz journalists.

“We abhor this kind of government censorship of the internet,” said Zach Seward, chief executive of New York-based Quartz.

Quartz reporter John Keefe said “Apple just took the Quartz app out of the Chinese app store at the request of China” and that the site's coverage of the Hong Kong protests “may be the reason”.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment on why it had removed the app.

On Wednesday, the company also removed a mapping app, HKmap.live, because authorities in Hong Kong claimed it was being used to coordinate protests and avoid police.

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