Daily US Times: Apple has removed one of the world’s most popular Quran apps in China, following a request from officials.
Quran Majeed is available across the world on Apple’s App Store – and has nearly 150,000 reviews. Millions of Muslims all over the world use the app.
The BBC has reported that the app was removed for hosting illegal religious texts and the Chinese government has not responded about the issue.
The removal of the Quran app was first noticed by Apple Censorship – a website that monitors apps on Apple’s App Store globally.
The app’s maker, PDMS, said in a statement: “According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities”.
The company said they are trying contact with Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese authorities to solve the issue.
PDMS said it had close to one million users in China.
The Chinese Communist Party officially recognises Islam as a religion in China.
However, the country has been accused of human rights violations, and even genocide, against Muslim Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang.
Apple declined to comment about the removal of the app in China, but directed its Human Rights Policy, which states: “We’re required to comply with local laws, and at times there are complex issues about which we may disagree with governments.”
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