US podcast platform Pockets Casts says Apple removed app from China store

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New York-based podcasting platform Pocket Casts said its app had been taken down from Apple Inc’s app store in China.

KEY POINTS:

  • US podcasting platform Pocket Casts says Apple has removed its app from the Chinese App Store
  • The company says the move was taken by Apple after intervention by Beijing’s top internet watchdog
  • Some commentators are growing increasingly concerned about the growing relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and ‘Big Tech’

Pockets Casts, ranked 85th most popular in the podcast news app section on Apple’s US website, said the move was taken by Apple after intervention by Beijing’s top internet watchdog.

Apple US officials weren’t immediately available for comment outside regular US market hours. The news agency Reuters was not immediately able to contact the CAC by fax using the official number provided for the watchdog by the government.

The removal comes amid growing debate over China and freedom of speech after a resurgence of activity by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, angered by Beijing’s plans to impose new security laws.

Separately US-based Chinese activists said on Thursday that Zoom Video Communications temporarily shut an account after the activists held an event to commemorate the 31st anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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In a message on Twitter, Pocket Casts said that its app “has been removed … by Apple at the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)”.

“We were contacted by the CAC through Apple around two days before the app was removed from the store,” Pocket Casts said on Twitter.

Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru and Brenda Goh in Shanghai. Editing by Kenneth Maxwell.

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