Erica Flores

Apple withdraws podcast apps in China after the …

Apple has removed Pocket Casts, the popular podcast client for iOS and Android, from the App Store in China. The China Cyberspace Administration has determined that it can be used to access content deemed illegal in the country, and has demanded that Apple remove the app as a result. It is the second largest podcast application to be removed from China’s App Store this month. “We believe that podcasting is and should remain an open medium, free from government censorship,” Pocket Casts said in a statement posted on Twitter. “As such, we will not censor podcast content at your request. We understand this means that our iOS app is unlikely to be available in China, but we consider it a necessary step for any company that values ​​the open distribution model that it does. make podcasting special. “Apple did not say what content violated Chinese law Pocket Casts tells The Verge that Apple did not provide details on what content violated Chinese law upon request, instead suggesting that the team contact the Administration directly. of China Cyberspace. The app was removed around two days after Apple contacted the developer. China represents its seventh-largest market, says Pocket Casts, and is seen to be growing. Castro, another iPhone podcast app, was also recently pulled from the China app store. The developers say that China accounted for 10 percent of its user base, although it accounted for a smaller percentage of paying subscribers. Apple also did not provide Castro with details on what content did not comply with Chinese regulations.The Verge has contacted Apple for more information on the matter, including podcasts that China deems illegal and what actions developers are expected to take. , but has not received a reply yet.