Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Apple News app is not available in China. However, the company has remained mum over the matter, sparking speculations that it was self-censoring its content in the country. China is notorious for cracking down on news that the government there deems unfavorable. Foreign companies that want to do business in China must play by rules or walk out. It seems Apple has chosen to toe the line, because China is one of its key foreign markets.
It is not possible to access content on Apple News when you land in China regardless of where you phone is registered. Americans travelling to China have been met with error messages when they try to access news on Apple News app. For example, the phone tells you that News Apple is not supported in your location.
Apple mum on Apple News absence in China
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has not said a word about the absence of Apple News support in China. However, it is speculated that the company is deliberately limited news access through its Apple News app as a way of self-censorship in China.
China has strict Web and news policies that limit access to content that the government considers unfriendly. It could be that Apple isn’t ready to get into conflict with Beijing, thus the move to cut off China from Apple News services.
Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) had to leave China in 2010 because of issues relating to content censorship. However, Alphabet has in the recent times shown a willingness to re-enter China, perhaps after realizing that it is missing tremendous opportunities by staying out. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) considers China a key market, especially for its iPhones and perhaps that explains why the company’s isn’t ready to strain its relationship with Beijing over news distribution in the country.
Publishers contribute news to Apple News app to among other things expand their digital readership.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Apple News is available in the U.S. and is being trialed in the U.K. and Australia.