According to a report from The New York Times, Apple has fielded requests in China to remove the publication’s apps from the iOS App Store.
The report states that Apple removed the applications from its App Stores in China after it received requests by the authorities there. The apps have been removed since December 23, apparently, with both the Chinese- and English-language versions of the apps now unable to be downloaded by those in the region.
In a statement made by an Apple spokesperson, the apps were hit with violations of local regulations, which is why they were removed:
“We have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Fred Sainz, an Apple spokesman, said of the Times apps. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New York Times app for download in China.”
Apple, for its part, has said in the past that it complies with all local regulations, but, as it stands right now, there’s no word on which regulations were violated. Additionally, it is not known now what agency stepped forward and leveled the complaints to Apple.
The New York Times has requested Apple to reverse the decision.[via The New York Times]