Seung Lee / SiliconBeat - 2 years ago
  • After inquiries from the Senate, Apple has explained its rationale for why it cooperates with the Chinese government’s demands for censorship: The company wants to engage with Beijing in hopes its authoritarian government will one day see the benefits of freedom of expression.
  • Apple received the inquiries last month from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, over Apple’s decision to remove 674 virtual private network (VPN) apps from its App Store in China this year.
  • In their letter to Apple, Cruz and Leahy expressed concerns about Apple “enabling the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance of the Internet.” Apple’s vice president of public policy, Cynthia Hogan, responded Tuesday, saying the company is not happy to yield to Beijing but the alternative of not cooperating is worse.
  • China remains Apple’s biggest albatross among all global markets, making a confrontation with Beijing over values especially unsavory.