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Report: Apple Bows to Communist China, Removes Koran App -- Bible App Withdrawn

By Michael W. Chapman | October 15, 2021 | 2:49pm EDT
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"Apple has taken down one of the most popular Koran apps in China, following a request from officials," reported the BBC.

In addition, the popular Olive Tree Bible app withdrew its app from China after its maker was told by Apple it had "to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China."

The Koran app is called "Koran Majeed," and is used by 35 million people worldwide. 

According to the BBC, Koran Majeed was removed for allegedly "hosting illegal religious texts," i.e., The Koran.

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The Communist Chinese government did not respond to the BBC when asked for comment. However, Apple directed the BBC to its human rights policy, which states, "We're required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments and other stakeholders on the right path forward. "

"Apple told the BBC that Chinese officials had said the apps [Koran and Olive Tree Bible] breached laws on hosting illegal religious texts," reported Business Insider. 

Business Insider further reported,  "The developer of the Quran Majeed app confirmed to Insider the app had been removed from China's App Store, and said Apple had advised it to contact the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC)."

Communist China's totalitarian president, Xi Jinping.  (Getty Images)
Communist China's totalitarian president, Xi Jinping. (Getty Images)

"According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the CAC, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines," Hasan Shafiq Ahmed, head of growth at Pakistan Data Management, told Insider.

"We are trying to get in touch with CAC and relevant Chinese authorities to get this issue resolved as we had close to a million users for our app in China that have been impacted," said Ahmed.

In May of this year, The New York Times reported, "Apple proactively removes apps to placate Chinese officials. Apple has created an internal bureaucracy that rejects or removes apps the company believes could run afoul of Chinese rules. Apple trains its app reviewers and uses special software to inspect apps for any mention of topics Apple has deemed off limits in China, including Tiananmen Square, the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and independence for Tibet and Taiwan." (Emphasis added.)

A man walks past an Apple store in Beijing on August 3, 2017. - Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its app store in the country, the company confirmed, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's tightening web censorship. (Photo: GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
A man walks past an Apple store in Beijing on August 3, 2017. - Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China's "Great Firewall" from its app store in the country, the company confirmed, sparking criticism that it was bowing to Beijing's tightening web censorship. (Photo: GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

"Since 2017, roughly 55,000 active apps have disappeared from Apple’s App Store in China, with most remaining available in other countries," reported The Times

Communist China is a totalitarian regime that has killed more than 65 million of its own people since 1949-50, when Mao Zedong established his dictatorship. Today, an estimated 1.5 million Muslim Uighurs are being held in Chinese "reeducation" concentration camps, where not a few are tortured and forcibly sterilized. 

"People of faith are severely persecuted through imprisonmenttortureforced medical regimensorgan harvesting, and arbitrary executions," reported the Heritage Foundation

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has an estimated net worth of .5 billion.  Apple is valued at more than $2 trillion.   (Getty Images)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. Apple is valued at more than $2 trillion. (Getty Images)

"Apple's earnings for Greater China in Q2 2021 were up 87.5% from this time last year, to $17.7 billion," reported Apple Insider.  CEO Tim Cook said, "We were very pleased with our performance in China. We set a March quarter revenue record and grew strong double digits across each of the product categories."

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