Apple has removed one of the world’s most popular Koran apps at the request of Chinese authorities. Quran Majid is available in the App Store worldwide. The BBC reports that Apple removed it at the request of Chinese authorities.
The Koran Majid is available worldwide in the App Store, and has over 150,000 reviews.
However, Apple removed the app at the request of Chinese officials, allegedly for hosting illegal religious texts.
The Chinese government did not respond to a request for comment.
The app’s removal was first noticed by Apple Censorship – a website that monitors apps in Apple’s App Store worldwide.
The Chinese Communist Party has officially recognized Islam as a religion in the country.
However, China has been accused of human rights abuses, even genocide, against the majority Muslim Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang.
It is not clear what rules the app has broken in China. The Quran says it is “trusted by more than 35 million Muslims worldwide.”
Last month, both Apple and Google removed a strategic voting app from jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Russian authorities threatened to fine the two companies if they refused to remove the app, telling users who could remove candidates from the ruling party.
China is one of Apple’s largest markets, and the company’s supply chain is heavily dependent on Chinese production.
U.S. politicians have accused Apple CEO Tim Cook of hypocrisy for talking about American politics, but for keeping quiet about China.
(Input from IANS)
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