Republican lawmakers flame Apple for censorship in China

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China’s population of 1.4 billion makes it a huge potential market for Apple.
China’s population of 1.4 billion makes it a huge potential market for Apple.
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A pair of GOP congresspeople have strongly criticized the decision to remove songs from artists critical of the Chinese Communist Party from Apple’s streaming music service in that country.

The move highlights the compromises the iPhone maker has to make in order to offer its products in a very lucrative market.

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Censorship or common sense? Expect to see this issue heavily debated.
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The "banned" app lets you pray in real-time.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation slams tech companies for banning neo-Nazis

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The EFF are big proponents of online free speech.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized tech companies that took action against white supremacist groups in the wake of deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Quick to take a stand against hate groups, tech companies removed some neo-Nazi groups’ access to web servers and online services. But the EFF issued a statement reminding them of the slippery slope of censorship.

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Ferguson Firsthand was intended as an "educational app."
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Developers are having to blur guns from App Store screenshots. Photo: Touch Arcade
Developers now blur guns in App Store screenshots. Photo: App Store

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Apple Bars Sexy Comic From Appearing In App Store. Or Does It?

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Apple has clashed with comic creators over its decision to ban Matt Fraction and artist Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals from selling on the iOS version of Comixology. The title, published by Image Comics, tells the story of two people whose orgasms give them the power to stop time (!).

Somewhat confusingly, at time of writing Apple was still selling the comic via its iBooks storefront.