Whoa whoa whoa wait a minute! What do we have here?
Apple's App Store in China has removed 27 LGBTQ+-related apps, either to meet the demand of the Chinese government or in a preemptive manner, a new report shows.
Research by the U.S.-based Fight for the Future, an advocacy group for digital rights, and China-based GreatFire, a nonprofit organization that tracks censorship in China, shows that only Saudi Arabia has more LGBTQ+ apps unavailable in their App Store.
According to the two groups' jointly-published report on Monday, the App Store enables government censorship of LGBTQ+ apps in 152 countries, in stark contrast to Apple's pro-LGBTQ+ efforts in the U.S.
You mean to tell me super duper woke Apple is not super duper woke at all in China?
How is this possible? I thought human rights were the most important thing!
"Apple is plastering rainbow flags across their marketing operation in the U.S., but in the meantime they are actively helping governments around the world isolate, silence, and oppress LGBTQ+ people," said Evan Greer, Director of Fight for the Future and a transgender musician and writer based in Boston. "Apple may claim that blocking apps where LGBTQ+ people can find community and safety is just the ‘cost of doing business' in repressive countries, but the fact is that Apple's draconian App Store monopoly – especially its decision to prevent users from installing apps from the open web to maintain control and profits – makes this discrimination and censorship possible."
I for one am shocked, shocked to find out that rainbow-flag-waving Apple, run by a gay guy, doesn't give a crap about LGBT rights in places like China.
It makes a man wonder ... why on earth would Apple bow to repressive regimes like the Chinese Communist Party in opposition to their stated ideals? Oh that's right...
Apple raked in its highest ever revenue in the greater China region in the December quarter as a record number of iPhone upgrades helped the U.S. tech giant in one of its most important markets.
Greater China revenue came in at $21.31 billion in the three months ended December 26, up 57% from last year. That was the highest revenue figure for a single quarter in greater China in Apple's history. Apple also recorded its highest ever quarter for total revenue as it reported fiscal first-quarter earnings on Wednesday.