Report claims Apple hosts apps run by sanctioned Chinese organization with Uyghur persecution links
What you need to know
- A new report says Apple is hosting apps on its App Store made by a sanctioned Chinese organization.
- The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps is accused of abusing and sterilizing up to 2 million Uyghurs.
- Apps made by units of the organization include news apps and ride-hailing services.
A damning new report from The Information claims that Apple may have hosted apps on its App Store created by a Chinese organization sanctioned in the U.S. over links to the persecution of Uyghurs.
From the report:
The report claims apps on the App Store made "by various units" of the Corps included apps for news, government services, and ride-hailing.
The remainder of the report is paywalled, however, according to AppleInsider it contains a statement from Apple which says Apple "had reviewed the apps, and concluded each complied with US law."
Apple was recently reported to have dropped an iPhone supplier from its supply chain over allegations of forced Uyghur labor.
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