27 lgbt + themed apps have been removed from the Chinese App Store


The fact, which emerges from a recent report, could be due both to Apple’s willingness to comply with the Chinese government’s requests and to the fear of the developers themselves.

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From the Chinese App store 27 applications have disappeared linked to the lgbt + community. To reveal it is a relationship released on Monday and the result of joint research by Fight for the Future, a US-based digital rights advocacy group, and China-based GreatFire. Is censorship involved or do we need to look for other explanations?

From what emerges this disappearance would be due toset of two factors: Apple’s willingness to satisfy the Chinese government’s request and the fear of the developers of the applications who have chosen, in a preventive manner, not to make them available in China.

The report, which extends its research to 152 countries around the world, noted that only Saudi Arabia, is ahead of China for lgbt + apps not available in its App store, with 28. In the Gulf monarchy, however, homosexuality is criminalized, unlike China.

According to Evan Greer, director of Fight for the Future, e transgender musician and writer in Boston “Apple is using rainbow flags in its marketing operations in the United States, but in the meantime it is actively helping governments around the world to isolate, silence and oppress LGBT + people.”.

An app that’s not available in a country doesn’t necessarily mean Apple has censored it. It may have been the developer who decided not to make it available in that country fearing it may cause problems and get the whole app in trouble, even in other states.

An Apple spokesperson told a Protocol that Apple hasn’t removed the apps lgbt + cited in the report as not available in China. The spokesperson confirmed that app owners often make a conscious decision not to make their app available in certain countries.

Benjamin Ismail, GreatFire’s campaign and advocacy director and coordinator of the Apple Censorship project, explained that their research did not count the apps removed by their developers but added that it is much more likely that it was Apple who decided to remove the apps.

“The few developers who spoke to us told us that when they learned that the app was not available, they didn’t try to discuss it with Apple, thinking that nothing would changeIsmail said.


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