Apple has disabled its News app in China, according to the New York Times, apparently becoming the latest foreign tech company frustrated by China’s tough censorship rules.
The app, intended to be a personalized digital magazine and newspaper viewer, launched to US users in June. Customers traveling abroad can still access the app, according to the Times, but instead of seeing a list of news stories, users in China are seeing a message that the app is unavailable.
“Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region,” reads the app’s welcome screen
And just to make things worse, earlier this year, China upgraded its Internet filtering to make its policies stricter and circumvention more difficult.