China’s censorship blocks Apple News

China’s censorship blocks Apple News

Clemente Ferrer

The owners of Apple products in China and the readers of Apple News will be surprised when they will not be able to use this news application.

Actually, this time it is not a ban launched by the censorship of the Chinese government, Apple itself has blocked deliberately the access to Apple News, the news reading application that the company launched in the US in September, for all users that are connected to a Chinese telecommunications network.

Different users have warned that trying to access Apple News, they received a message stating that the application is not supported in the country. One of them, Larry Salibra, who runs a software company based in Hong Kong, wrote in his blog that he had no trouble accessing Apple News connected to China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK), a network based in Hong Kong, but when switching to the continental network of China Mobile, he saw the error message.

The conclusion is that Apple is monitoring the access to Apple News according to the mobile network to which it is connected.

Another American in Beijing, who had also purchased and registered his iPhone in the US, said that he had no problem downloading and accessing Apple News in Taiwan, where the application is not available in the app store of the country. But when trying to access it in China, with VPN (virtual network that masks the user’s location), he saw the error message: Curiously, he claims that he had no problems accessing Apple News on iPad using a different VPN .

A third American client, a women founder of a \”startup\” in Beijing, said that despite having full access to the App Store and eBooks in the United States, she was taken to the next page when trying to download Apple News, both with VPN connection as without it.

Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing. Email:

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