CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES

CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES

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CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES

– Apple sanctioned to close down its iBooks and iTunes Movies services in China.

– China does not have an anti-Apple agenda.

CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES

Apple, according to reports gathered, Apple has been sanctioned to close down its iBooks and iTunes Movies services in China. It was alleged that China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television had called for the closure.

It would be recalled that in February, the Chinese government declared a policy placing ban on all foreign media from distributing in China without direct approval from the government agency concerned.

The closure was planned to take effect in March, and the government reportedly informed Apple that it would have to adhere to the new rules.

CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE'S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES
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Meanwhile, Apple, in a release, hopes to have its catalog of electronic books and films available to Chinese audiences soon.

Last year, at the World Internet Conference, China cautioned of tougher controls. President Xi Jinping told attendees that governments must be permitted to exercise their sovereign rights as regard internet services.

William Hagestad II, an anthor who attended the conference told the E-Commerce Times, “Essentially all foreign governments supportive of China’s desire to form a monitored and controlled Internet were invited to participate and sign up to the new Chinese world order of a safe and secure Internet.”

According to Ryan Reith, program director for IDC’s mobile device tracker suite, Apple suffered a significant blow from the closure of its online movies and books because Chinese smartphone users resort to localized apps, most especially WeChat for their entertainment and transactions.

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He further told the E-Commerce Times that the activity through WeChat includes everything from paying for taxis to gaming and news feeds, and Apple may have to go back to the bargaining table to get back into that market. “I do think Apple will have to look into further cooperation, but I also know that the demand from the Chinese government can be somewhat ridiculous,” Reith said.

Larry Salibra, founder of Pay4Bugs noted, “From a macro level, this is consistent with the wider campaign launched by Xi Jinping cracking down on foreign cultural influence and increasing control and censorship of the Internet.”

Nobody can decipher what is responsible for the decision of Chinese government to hit hard on Apple’s film and book library, but it may be a response to the embarrassing exposure that the Chinese government had sought Apple’s source code, which the company refused to hand over, he told the E-Commerce Times.

CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES

While addressing the supposed anti-Apple agenda, Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group stated, “China doesn’t have an anti-Apple agenda, but there are a lot of books and films they don’t want their citizens seeing, and if any firm refuses to censor those properties, China has a history of blocking the entire service.”

However, citizens have found ways around Chinese Internet censorship, Enderle said, and they likely will find a way around the policy in this case.

CHINESE INTERNET CENSORSHIP AFFECTS APPLE’S IBOOKS AND ITUNES MOVIES