Amazon has removed the audiobook app Audible for listening to their Koran and Bible from the Apple Store in China, citing the reason for the government’s “permission condition.”
Other Koran and Bible app makers, including Olive Tree Bible Software in the United States, say their apps have been removed from the store at the request of the Chinese government. The removal of this app is an example of the increasingly stringent Internet policy in China.
The Chinese government is tightening its grip on the Internet beyond the control of online information. That’s why things like removing apps are becoming more difficult to understand.
This year alone, China has taken extensive control of technology companies’ technology to create customized content, restricting children’s involvement in video games and tightening restrictions on information privacy.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, declined to comment on the removal of the app. However, Liu said in a statement that the Chinese government “always encourages and supports the development of the Internet.”
“At the same time, China needs to develop the Internet in accordance with Chinese laws and policies,” Liu said.
Apple has not commented on the matter.
(Some information in the report is taken from the Associated Press)