Apple removes New York Times from China App Store after government request

Tim Cook
Citing non-specific regulations, Apple removes NYT apps from Chinese App Store
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08 January, 2017

The New York Times app is no longer accessible on Apple's China appstore, following a request from Chinese authorities that the app be removed.

Apple said customers spent almost $240 million on apps and in-app purchases on New Year's Day, the biggest sales day ever.

Pokemon Go was the most downloaded app for the whole year. Apple says on New Year's day alone, customers spent almost $240 million on apps and in-app purchases, marking the App Store's largest single-day of sales ever.

Investors pay close attention to the performance of the App Store, as Apple now emphasizes its role as a services company. It was also the most downloaded app globally on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Even if the timing was a coincidence, the development underlines how US information technology companies are being forced to play by China's rules if they want to do business there - even at some cost to their reputations in the West. In 2015, however, the NYTimes released a new version of its Chinese-language app that was able to circumvent China's firewall. Oh, and it's the only part of Apple's business that reported growth last quarter.

It is also another example of how the noose is gradually tightening under the world's largest system of censorship known as the Great Firewall of China.

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Prasad further said the Amethi MP is silent on the scams by members in the erstwhile UPA government. His ongoing feud with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to be a topic of discussion.

The regulator did not immediately provide a comment on the removal of the New York Times app.

New Year's Day 2017 was the single biggest day on the App Store.

The Times said it had asked Apple to reconsider its decision.

The development marks the latest move by Beijing to suppress the newspaper's output in China, after the government blocked its website following a 2012 Times report saying that former Premier Wen Jiabao's family controlled assets worth $2.7 billion.

The policy change made it more attractive for the likes of Netflix, Pandora (P), Spotify, Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, Hulu and others to develop or upgrade iOS apps. The Times originally reported that its apps were removed on December 23, and Apple confirmed it on Thursday, citing a request from Chinese authorities. It was reported that the sales on that day reached nearly $240 million on apps.


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