Apple has shut down its news app in China, becoming the latest Western company to face challenges in amidst the country’s stringent online media rules.
The News app—which customizes a news feed according to user preferences—launched in June and is currently only available to users in the U.S. Customers who travel abroad can still access the app, but users who have tried to use it in China have reported the app displays an error message that reads, “Can’t refresh right now. News isn’t supported in your current region.”
The New York Times reports that China is Apple’s second largest market after the United States, with $13 billion in sales annually. An unnamed source told the Times that the company opted to deactivate its News App instead of creating a special newsfeed that cut out sensitive content from foreign media.
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SOURCE: TIME, Tanya Basu