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Apple Removes Two Podcast Apps From App Store at China’s Request

  • Pocket Casts app developer says it won’t censor for China
  • 194 apps removed in China for legal reasons in first half 2019
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Apple Inc. removed podcast apps Pocket Casts and Castro from its App Store in China at the request of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the apps’ developers said this week.

“We believe podcasting is and should remain an open medium, free of government censorship,” Pocket Casts wrote on Twitter. “As such we won’t be censoring podcast content at their request.” The developers said that Apple contacted them on behalf of the Chinese regulator and that the app was removed two days later.