American tech giant Apple has removed a Bible app and a Koran app from its App Store in China following requests from officials, triggering condemnation from rights groups over a further violation of religious freedom by the communist state. Source: UCA News.
Apple confirmed to the BBC that the apps, Quran Majeed and Bible App by Olive Tree, have been taken down. Chinese officials complained that the apps violated laws by hosting religious texts illegally.
“We are required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments and other stakeholders on the right path forward,” Apple reportedly said, explaining its human rights policy.
Quran Majeed is produced by Pakistan Data Management Services. The company says it has over 35 million users globally including one million users in China. It said Apple informed it that “the app has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities.”
Olive Tree Bible Software, founded in 2000 in the US, creates biblical software and mobile apps. It is an electronic publisher of Bible versions, study tools, Bible study tools and Christian eBooks for mobile, tablet and desktop devices.
US-based Christian group International Christian Concern (ICC) expressed concern over the removal of the apps, citing that China had recently shut down Christian WeChat accounts, removed Bible apps and jailed Christians for selling electronic Bible players “illegally”.
China forces removal of Bible and Quran apps (UCA News)