What you need to know
- Apple has removed a keyboard encryption app from its China App Store.
- The app used tools like emojis to scramble messages and protect users from censorship.
- The app has been removed because it contains "content that is illegal in China".
A Chinese keyboard app created to dodge censorship has been removed from the App Store by Apple.
As reported by Quartz:
The app was announced back in February stating:
In a Tweet published yesterday, Wang Huiyu said:
Several groups and the media have previously expressed concern over Apple's willingness to kowtow to Chinese government censorship requests, removing hundreds of apps from its App Store at the behest of authorities.
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