Is Apple Helping China’s Censors?
In what was likely a response to a Chinese government request, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has removed an anti-censorship app from its China App Store, reports CNN. OpenDoor is a free app that provides users with anonymity on the Internet by randomizing their IP addresses. The Chinese government closely monitors Internet usage in the country and usually prevents users from accessing certain websites.
According to the app developer, Apple cited the app’s “illegal content” as the reason for its removal. However, the app is only considered illegal in China and is still available in other markets via the App Store.
The developer also noted that Apple didn’t inform them that the app had been removed in China and only learned about the ban from customers in the country. The app was apparently removed from the China App Store on July 11.