Apple has disabled its news app in China. Software developer Larry Salibra noted this issue last week. Apple didn’t say anything about this issue, but a person with direct Knowledge of this issue said to The New York Times on Saturday that indeed, News has been disabled in China
Now, people can download Apple’s news app in US, Australia and the UK. If you bought iPhone or iPad and has installed News app on your Apple device, you can access the news in supported country during your international visit, but you won’t be able to access the news in China. When Chinese users try to access the news, they’ll get an error message that reads, “Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region.”
Salibra writes, “What worries me, is that the mechanism Apple uses to disable the News app and Apple Maps uses the location of the user to change the behavior of their device without their permission, even if the location service is disabled in the privacy settings.”
Apple has not issued any official statement about this problem, but restricts censorship for internet content in China may be the reason behind Apple’s this decision. Most of the Chinese companies use some sort of automation tools and their employees to remove the sensitive articles. But it looks like Apple is tackling the problem, by completely removing the news service for Apple users in China.