Apple removed two religious apps from the Chinese Apple Store.
Apple watchdog website Apple Censorship reported the Chinese App Store took down one of the most popular Quran apps after receiving a request from Chinese officials.
The Quran Majeed, which boasts 35 million users worldwide and 1 million users in China, had its app taken down by Chinese officials on Oct. 8.
"According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities," app developer PDMS told the BBC. "We are trying to get in touch with the Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese authorities to get this issue resolved."
The Bible App by Olive Tree was also removed that same day.
"Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China," a spokesperson from Olive Tree told the Washington Examiner. "Since we did not have the permit and needed to get our app update approved and out to customers, we removed our Bible app from China’s App Store. We are currently reviewing the requirements to obtain the necessary permit with the hope that we can restore our app to China’s App Store and continue to distribute the Bible worldwide."
Apple has come under criticism for its relationship with China, as company suppliers have been accused of relying on forced Uyghur Muslim workers.
The App Store has also removed apps from the Chinese App Store that deal with topics deemed off-limits by Chinese authorities. These include the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen Square, the religious group Falun Gong, and Tibet.
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