Aug 19, 2021

Apple censors engraving service, report claims

Apple censors references to Chinese politicians, dissidents and other topics in its engraving service, a report alleges. Apple had a broad list of censored words, not just in mainland China but also in Hong Kong and Taiwan. "As with everything at Apple, the process for engraving is led by our values," chief privacy officer Jane Horvath wrote in a letter provided to CitizenLab in advance of the publication of its report. There had been previous research on the censorship of Apple's App Store in China but only anecdotal reports of engravings being refused, Canada-based CitizenLab said. "Within mainland China, we found that Apple censors political content, including broad references to Chinese leadership and China's political system, names of dissidents and independent news organisations, and general terms relating to religions, democracy, and human rights," it says.

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