Tim Cook Says Apple Had to Comply With Chinese Censors, and They’d Do It in the US Too

Last week, consumer tech giant Apple removed all major VPN apps from the Chinese branch of its Apps Store, seemingly putting yet another barrier in place for millions of Chinese citizens who might desire to defy their government’s pervasive internet censorship system. On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained why Apple chose to comply with the wishes of Chinese censors.It’s pretty simple, in Cook’s telling. Unlicensed VPNs are against the law in China now, and Apple has to obey the law, period.“The central government in China back in 2015 started tightening the regulations associated with VPN apps,” Cook told investors and media during Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings and conference call, per TechCrunch’s Matthew Lynley. “We have a number of those on our store. Essentially, as a requirement for someone to operate a VPN they have to have a license from the government there.”

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