The New York Times says its English and Chinese apps were removed at the request of Beijing authorities. Tara Joseph reports.
The venerable New York Times wiped from Apple's Apps Store in China, and pointing the finger at the government. According to the paper, its English and Chinese apps were removed by Apple late month at the request of Beijing authorities who said they were in breach of quote "local regulations." Cutting access to western websites is not unusual in China, which has the highest number of internet users in the world. Newsflow is tightly controlled, and foreign tech companies are also under constant watch. Google, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are all blocked by the so-called 'great firewall' and Internet censorship has been ramped up in recent years under President Xi jinping. In the weeks leading up to the apps being pulled, the Times said it was working on various articles related to the Chinese government. One story posted on December 29 revealing billions of dollars in hidden perks and subsidies that Beijing provides to the biggest iphone factory in the world. This is not the first time the NYT has been blocked in China. Beijing began cutting access to its websites 4 years ago - after a series on wealth amassed by then prime minister Wen Jiaobao.