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Apple Censors Anti-Censorship App in Chinese App Store
Apple has removed an app from the Chinese App Store that allowed users to circumvent some of the censorship filters used by the country’s government, reports Agence France-Presse. The FreeWeibo app allows users to view censored content on Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging website that is often referred to as “China’s Twitter.”
According to AFP, the app was developed by Chinese cyber-activists in cooperation with Radio Netherlands Worldwide. RNW’s editor-in-chief, William Valkenburg, said he was told by Apple’s App Review board that the app was pulled at the request of the Chinese government, “because it goes against local laws, and that they consider this a matter between the Chinese authorities and RNW.” However, the app is only considered illegal in China and is still available in other markets through other country’s App Stores.