Apple ordered to remove porn from China app store

Apple ordered to remove porn from China app store

Summary: The Chinese government has named Apple among 198 sites required to remove obscene content accessible through its online applications store.

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Apple has been ordered by Chinese authorities to remove obscene content accessible through its China app store.

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The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications named the Cupertino-based firm among 198 offenders, according to a report Wednesday by state-owned news agency Xinhua news.

So far, the government department has closed down a total of 21 Web sites and ordered 175 offenders to delete content, it added.

The news comes less than a month after Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a formal public apology for less-than-adequate repair and warranty policy on the company's products in China. This was in response to criticism in Chinese media over Apple's return policy, with local media slamming the company for its "arrogance".

Incidentally earlier this week, five people were arrested in China for exploiting Apple's return policy. They were found to have exchanged fake parts for real ones and using the latter to build and sell new iPhones.

The Chinese market is of significant importance to Cook, who expects China to eventually become Apple's biggest market surpassing the United States.

 

Topics: Censorship, Apple, Government Asia, China

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