What you need to know
- A BuzzFeed report suggests Apple TV+ creators were told not to portray China in a poor light
- Source claims the instruction came from Eddy Cue and Morgan Wandell.
- News come in wake of Hong Kong mapping fiasco, Blizzard controversy and more.
A report via BuzzFeed yesterday purports that Apple execs told Apple TV+ content creators to avoid portraying China in a poor light back in 2018.
According to the report:
The news has of course come to light amidst a storm of bad press for Apple surrounding its relationship with China, amidst accusations that Apple is deliberately kowtowing to pressure from China over both mapping app HKmap.live and its wider policy of censorship. Apple removed the app, which lets users track protest incidents and police movement, over claims it had been used to target law enforcement. The company was met with widespread outcry as a result.
This latest news from BuzzFeed seems to perpetuate the narrative that Apple is extremely concerned about the opinion of the Chinese government, and will quite happily push aside its values in order to keep its seat at the table in the region.
With regards to the instruction from Cue and Wandell, a showrunner not affiliated with Apple, speaking to BuzzFeed said that the practice was not unusual.
The BuzzFeed report also notes that the practice extends, and is perhaps even more stringent when it comes to apps, notably HKmap.live and also Quartz. One US tech executive reportedly told BuzzFeed:
The news is another PR blow to Apple in a saga that seems to be spiralling out of control.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9