As nations all over the world celebrate Pride Month, Apple’s App shop in Asia has eliminated 27 LGBTQ+ apps reports show. It really is unknown whether or not the apps had been eliminated in a preemptive way or if Apple caved into the needs of this oppressive Chinese federal government.
“the U.S.-based Fight for the Future, an advocacy team for electronic liberties, and China-based GreatFire, a nonprofit company that tracks censorship in Asia, suggests that just Saudi Arabia has more LGBTQ+ apps unavailable within their App shop. In line with the two groups’ jointly-published report on Monday, the App shop enables federal government censorship of LGBTQ+ apps in 152 nations, in stark comparison to Apple’s efforts that are pro-LGBTQ the U.S.”
Benjamin Ismail (he/him), GreatFire’s campaign and advocacy manager and Apple Censorship task coordinator, told Protocol: