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NewsPoster Apr 17, 2013 10:22 AM
Apple listed among parties in Chinese pornography investigation
Apple's App Store has been named as one of a collection of app stores and websites that have been investigated for providing pornography in China, says the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>. The list appears in a new article from the state-run Chinese <em>People's Daily</em>. The <a href="" rel='nofollow'>investigation</a> of the App Store is unusual though, as Apple maintains an anti-pornography policy, and in the West the company has sometimes been criticized as too strict.<br />
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The attention could be linked to two factors. In March the Chinese government launched a revived campaign against pornography, which is officially banned but has proved impossible to block completely. Later in the month one regulator called the App Store a source of "obscene pornographic" content, and ordered Apple to remove the content, submit a report, and take steps to prevent future issues. Around the same time, the state <em>Xinhua</em> news agency ran a series of complaints from the Chinese public about pornographic e-books sold via Apple.<br />
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In some cases the government will use anti-porn campaigns as an excuse to target political threats. Apple has come under heavy fire from state media lately, not only over pornography but also its warranty practices, which <a href=" e/" rel='nofollow'>prompted a response from CEO Tim Cook</a>. It's unknown if the Chinese government is deliberately attacking Apple, or if the company has simply drawn media focus through its growing presence in the country.
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