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Apple removes censorship bypass app on Chinese orders: Developers

Published on Dec 13, 2013 8:24 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - US technology giant Apple has removed an anti-censorship application from its Chinese app store on orders from Beijing, the software's developers said on Friday.

The FreeWeibo app is intended to allows users to read sensitive postings on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter, that have been censored and deleted, one of its designers said.

Beijing maintains strict controls on the Internet, including a range of technical measures known as the Great Firewall of China, and weibo operators employ ranks of censors to delete contentious comments.

California-based Apple blocked Chinese app store users' access to the FreeWeibo app on Nov 28 following a request by Beijing, said Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW), which co-developed the software with Chinese cyber-activists.

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