Apple Deletes NY Times Apps in China

The apps were "in violation of local regulations."

Screen Shot 2017-01-05 at 9.18.01 AMApple, facing pressure from the Chinese government, has deleted The New York Times’ apps from its store in China.

According to the Times, Apple was told by Chinese officials to delete the Times’ apps for being “in violation of local regulations.” The apps were removed December 23, in what amounts to a major setback for China’s Times readers, who already haven’t been able to access the Times online since 2012.

“For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, told the Times. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”

The Times has asked Apple to reconsider its decision.