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Apple Told to Remove Obscene Content Hosted on China App Store

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 10:06 AM

Apple Inc., which apologized to Chinese consumers this month after being criticized by state-run media, was ordered by the government to remove obscene content that can be accessed through its App Store.

The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications named Apple among 198 Websites ordered to remove content, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, without providing details of the material. Carolyn Wu, an Apple spokeswoman in Beijing, declined to comment on the report.

The crackdown on content in Apple’s China App Store follows more than a dozen stories in the state-run People’s Daily in the past month accusing the maker of iPhones and Mac computers of arrogance and poor customer service. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook issued an apology on April 2 for its warranty and repair policies as he promised to improve training and support in its biggest market after the U.S.

“This is another very heavy stick to remind content sellers who the boss is,” said David Schlesinger, founder and managing director of independent consultant Tripod Advisors. “Apple really has to work hard on government relations.”

Programmers are required to sign contracts agreeing not to carry obscene, offensive or defamatory material when they develop apps for Apple, according to guidelines on the Cupertino, California-based company’s website.

The Chinese government department shut down 21 of the websites and 175 were ordered to delete the content, it said.

Content Restrictions

China, home to more than 564 million web users, censors the Internet by blocking access to websites with pornography, gambling and content critical of the Communist Party’s rule.

“It’s either content that they like or content that they don’t like,” said Schlesinger. “Within the content that isn’t, you have the whole range, from ideological issues to pornographic issues.”

After Cook’s apology, Apple offered to change its customer practice this month to offer full replacements of older iPhones experiencing problems. It also vowed to improve service and monitoring of stores authorized to sell its products in China.

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