While the New York Times has faithfully acted as Apple’s unpaid press office and sacrificed its credibility as a technology source, it seems that the fruity-cargo cult has sold it out at the first opportunity.
Apple has removed the New York Times news apps from its app store in China following a request from the Chinese authorities.
It purged both the English-language and Chinese-language apps from the iTunes store in China just before Christmas.
The request comes as the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s top internet regulatory body, has called for greater media scrutiny, citing fears of social disorder, moral harm and threats to national security.
New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told Reuters that the request by the Chinese authorities to remove our apps is part of their wider attempt to prevent readers in China from accessing independent news coverage by The New York Times of that country.
It has asked Apple to reconsider its decision, after all Apple owes it more than a few favours. Apple claims that the app is in violation of local regulations, so it does not matter how many glowing reviews the paper writes on the iPhone 7 it is not going to get into China.
The Chinese government has blocked The Times’ websites since 2012 when it actually did it job and ran a series of articles on the wealth amassed by the family of Wen Jiabao, who was then prime minister.
Ironically apps from CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, were still available in the app store.