Apple take down a popular Quran app
After requests from the Chinese officials, Apple has taken down one of the world’s most popular Quran apps in China.
Quran Majeed is accessible across the world on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. With close to 150,000 reviews. The app has millions of Muslim users worldwide.
Humble loaded understands that the app was removed due to the hosting of unlawful religious texts, which is not acceptable in China.Read: Technology Giants Crack Down In China
However, the Chinese government have not replied to the media request on comments.
The omission of the Quran app was first discovered by Apple censorship. Apple censorship is a website that is responsible for monitoring Apps on Apple App Store worldwide.
In a statement released by the App creator, PDMS, the organization said the app was removed by the Chinese officials. Because it contains contents that need more information from the authorities.
The company also added that they are trying to meet the Cyberspace Administration of China. They are also meeting with other notable authorities to get the case settled.
The company account for close to one million users in China. The Islamic religion is highly recognized and allowed in China by the Chinese Communist Party.
Nonetheless, China has been condemned for human rights abuse countless times. There has been a recorded genocide case against Islamic believers in Xinjiang.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Uyghur Muslims in China had been targeted in the Xinjiang crackdown.
Apple Inc. has refused to comment. Rather, they directed media to its human rights policy, which says that they are expected to accept and abide by local laws.
However, it is not yet clear which laws the app has broken in the country. Quran Majeed is said to be trusted by over 30 million users worldwide.
Russia’s government as a lesson
Also, last month, Google and Apple removed a fake voting app that was created by an imprisoned Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny.
Russian governments threatened to place a penalty on both companies if they refuse to remove the app. The app is believed to be capable to unseat the ruling party candidate.
China is one of the biggest tech markets
China is one of Apple Inc. the biggest markets, and their supply process is heavily dependent on Chinese manufacturing.
Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Apple take down popular Quran app considered inappropriate by the Chinese authority.
The topics that apps are not allowed for discussion are independent for Tibet and Taiwan. Also includes the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen Square, and the Chinese spiritual movement Faun Gong.
Another notable religious app, the Olive Trees Bible app, was also removed from the App Store this week in China. However, the company announced that they removed the app themselves.
The app company spokesperson said the software was aware of the App Store review process. That they are expected to present a permit signifying their authority to distribute an app with book or journal content in the country.
On Thursday, it was announced that Microsoft is taking down its career network app, LinkedIn, in China. The reason is the ever-increasing challenge of having to abide by the Chinese authorities.
The announcement was made after the software was trolled for barring the details of some journalists.