The US tech giant, Apple continues to practice its kowtowing before China as it has in a fresh report censored around 29 apps related with the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet. Apple continues to follow by Chinese rules in addition actually having censored His Holiness the Dalai Lama related products from their apps store long time ago.
According to a report published by Tibetan Computer Emergency Readiness Team (TibCERT), Apple in an effort to comply with the vague Chinese local laws has censored around 29 Tibetan themed apps without any actual notification to the owners of those apps. Tibetan-themed apps contain various fields of dealing such as news, religious study, tourism, and even games.
“Based on data generated from https://applecensorship.com, Apple has now censored 29 popular Tibetan mobile applications in the China App Store. Tibetan-themed apps dealing with news, religious study, tourism, and even games are being censored by Apple. A full list of the censored apps appear below.” said the report.
According to TibCERT, it analyzed 119, Tibetan-themed, iOS apps. These apps have been enlisted with keywords such as ‘Tibet’, ‘Tibetans’, ‘Dalai Lama’, ‘Buddhism’, ‘bhoe’, and ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ in the App store. The apps have been categorized into five general categories: “Religious or Cultural”, “Media/Political”, “Entertainment”, “Utilities”, and “Educational”.
“All 119 apps were tested to see if they are blocked/censored in China. Of the 119 apps, it has been determined that 29 iOS apps have been censored in China. Among the censored apps, 7 are “Religious or Cultural” in nature and 5 are “Media/Political”.” it added.
The following list contains 29 0f those censored apps; Bangchen, BuddhaApps, Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama Quotes, Dharamsala Tourism Guide, Drikung Kagyu Today, Gangjong Tsegzhod Chenmo, GCMGC, Gyalwa Rinpoche, Gyalwa Rinpoche’s Books, Kirsan Buddhist Messenger, PotRunner, Radio Free Asia (RFA), Teachings of His Holiness the Gyalwa Rinpoche, Teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Tenzin Gyatso Daily Surprise, The Drikung Kagyu Today, Tibet eRadio, Tibet Times, Tibet Travel Phrase, Tibet.net, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Tibetan Buddhism – Pilgrimage to Tibet, Tibetan News, TibetOnline TV, uTalk Classic Learn Tibetan, VOA Tibetan, Voice of Tibet, 藏传佛教·课颂集.