Apple has pulled the Pocket Casts podcast platform from a Chinese digital app store at the behest of China’s leading online Internet watchdog, China’s Cyberspace (CAC), which suggests the app could be used to access “illegal” content.
As stressed by The Verge, this means the second major podcast app to be removed from China’s app store this month following the recent release of Castro Podcast Player on iOS. “We believe that podcasting is and should remain an open medium, without government censorship. Therefore, we will not censor the content of the podcast at their request.” Pocket throws on Twitter this morning. “[We] consider it necessary for any company that appreciates the open distribution model, which makes podcasting special. ”
Pocket roles that was acquired a group of American public radio companies in 2018 apparently was notified by ASK through Apple two days before its app was dropped. “There were no specific reasons, even after we asked for an explanation,” the company wrote in its Twitter account. “The common reason was that we ‘include in China illegal content that defines ASK.”
Chinese users, who can no longer access the program and its updates, will have to find another platform to listen to, but their capabilities are limited. Apple recently released a number of Chinese podcasts from its Chinese podcast store, one of the few remaining channels featuring approved content. This was reported by TechCrunch. The People’s Republic of China has a history of broadcast censorship. Last year, the CAS ordered to suspend, suspend, or investigate 26 audio-targeted applications to spread “historical nihilism” and “pornography”. as reported in June 2019.
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