Apple Deletes Popular Bible Apps from China's App Store at Communist Regime's Request
American Big Tech giant bows to Chinese Communist Party's religious persecution
American Big Tech giant Apple has deleted popular Bible apps from China's App Store after being told to do so by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to multiple reports, a large number of religious apps were pulled by Apple to please the atheist Communist regime.
Both Bible App, a bible study app manufactured by Olive Tree, and Quran Majeed, developed by PDMS, were removed on Tuesday as Apple appeared to bow to China's ongoing campaign of religious persecution.
The move was exposed by Apple Censorship, a website that tracks apps that are removed from the App Store.
PDMS says Apple confirmed to them that it deleted Quran Majeed from its Chinese App Store.
Hasan Shafiq Ahmed, head of growth at PDMS, told Business Insider that the apps were considered "illegal" by the CCP.
“According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the (Cyberspace Administration of China), which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines,” Ahmed said.
“We are trying to get in touch with (Cyberspace Administration of China) and relevant Chinese authorities to get this issue resolved as we had close to a million users for our app in China that have been impacted."
Apple has yet to make a public statement about the move.
Olive Tree told the Daily Caller it withdrew its app from Apple’s Chinese App Store as the company was not authorized by China to distribute its content.
“Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China,” a company spokesperson said.
“Since we did not have the permit and needed to get our app update approved and out to customers, we removed our Bible app from China’s App Store.”
“We are currently reviewing the requirements to obtain the necessary permit with the hope that we can restore our app to China’s App Store and continue to distribute the Bible worldwide,” the spokesperson added.
Apple is alleged to have ties to forced labor programs overseen by China involving the Uyghur Muslim minority in the country’s Xinjiang province.
The company has repeatedly lobbied Congress on a bill that would bar American firms from using Chinese slave labor.
“By obeying the Chinese Communist Party’s order to remove Bible and Quran apps from its platform in China, Apple is enabling China’s religious persecution, including the ongoing genocide of Uyghur Muslims,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, deputy national director of the Council on American-Islamic relations, said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller.
“This decision must be reversed.
"If American corporations don’t grow a spine and stand up to China right now, they risk spending the next century subservient to the whims of a fascist superpower.”
The removal of the apps followed LinkedIn’s decision to shut down its social media services in China, citing increased regulations from the Chinese government.
Apple, along with Google, also deleted an app linked to Russian dissident Alexei Navalny at the behest of the Russian government.