The Apple Inc. has removed Hao Peiqiang’s app ‘Jingdian Shucheng’ which offers access to ten books via iPhone and iPad from the App Store.
According to the Financial Times, Hao said he received a letter from Apple informing him that his software would be deleted from China’s App Store since it contained content deemed ‘illegal’ in China.
In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized to the company’s customers in China for its after-sales service policy outlining changes in order to appease its Chinese users after a series of negative state media reports.
“The apology over customer service was seen as a move by Apple to soothe relations and show willingness to adopt Chinese business practices to help its growth,” said the British daily The Telegraph. “But by bowing to Chinese government censorship demands, Apple risks criticism at home. Western web companies have found it impossible to operate in China, in part because of accusations of collusion in political suppression.”