[China] gets a nice, filtered version of Apple News

Subject: [China] gets a nice, filtered version of Apple News
From: newsbeanie@dictatorshandbook.net (NewsBeanie)
Newsgroups: dictator.asia
Organization: blocknews - www.blocknews.net
Date: Mar 31 2019 16:18:38
Title: Apple censoring the News+
Author: Thom Holwerda
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:20:47 -0400
Link: https://www.osnews.com/story/129699/apple-censoring-the-news/

News content is a sensitive topic in China. The government exercises a
significant degree of control over information sources so it is unsurprising
that Apple would choose to not support News there. However, instead of simply
being locked behind a hardware feature gate, Apple chose to disable it much
more forcefully. If you enter China with a US iPhone (e.g. one purchased in the
US from a US carrier or at a US Apple Store), using a US carrier, with your
phone set to the US region, and with location services disabled for the News
app, you will still receive this message upon opening News: To accomplish this
censorship Apple is using a form of location fingerprinting that is not
available to normal applications on iOS. It works like this: despite the fact
that your phone uses a SIM from a US carrier it must connect to a Chinese
cellular network. Apple is using private APIs to identify that you are in
mainland China based on the name of the underlying cellular network and
blocking access to the News app. This information is not available via public
APIs in iOS1 specifically to improve privacy for users. This censorship occurs
despite the fact that when in China a cell phone using a foreign SIM is not
subject to the firewall restrictions (all traffic is tunneled back to your
provider first), so Google, Twitter, Facebook, et al all work fine on a
non-mainland China SIM even though you’re connected via China Mobile or China
Unicom’s network. I had no idea Apple went to such great lengths to please the
totalitarian Chinese government. Fascinating, though.

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