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Apple criticized for pulling private browsing app in China

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
News Categories: Apple, Apps + Games

Apple has drawn criticism for pulling an app from China’s App Store that circumvents firewalls and allows access to restricted sites. OpenDoor, which is still available in other markets, is a free app that uses a randomized IP address to browse anonymously. It was removed from the Chinese App Store for containing “illegal content,” CNN reports. The app’s anonymous developer said Apple provided no notification of pulling the app — the developer learned the news from customers. After the app was pulled, a number of Chinese users of microblog site Weibo accused Apple as showing too much loyalty to the Chinese government.

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This is pretty bad. 

Notice, they didn’t say the government required them to take this down.  I’m sure they would have if they had known, but it’s likely they might not have even found out about this app.  Apple took it upon themselves to take this down.

Posted by 0megapart!cle on October 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM (PDT)

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