INTRO: In yet another instance of Chinese censorship, according to the reports, the Chinese government has forced Apple to remove popular podcast app Pocket Casts from its Chinese App Store.
“Pocket Casts has been now removed from the Chinese App store by Apple, as per according to the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China. We also believe podcasting is and it should remain an open medium, free of government censorship. As for such we won’t be censoring all the podcast content at their request,” wrote the developers of podcast in a tweet.
Pocket Casts mentions that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) contacted them through Apple a couple of days before Apple removed the app from the store. From what it looks like, the CAC might have asked the company to remove a few controversial podcast shows from the platform and Pocket Casts might have denied, which probably led to the removal.
“We also understand all of this means that it’s unlikely that our iOS App will now be available in China, but feel it’s a necessary step to take for any company that values the open distribution model so that makes podcasting special,” Pocket Casts added.
Going by the company’s tweets, the Pocket Casts app may probably never be back in China. It is interesting to see the company take a stand and not give in to censorship in the country. Apple has not issued a statement regarding the situation at the time of writing this article.
In fact, this is not something new in China. The Cupertino giant had to remove The New York Times app from the App Store in 2017 “in violation of local regulations”. In the recent past, Apple removed Quartz news app from its app store in China.