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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Anti-government protests flared in several Chinese cities and on college campuses over the weekend. But the country's most widespread show of public dissent in decades will have to manage without a crucial communication tool, because Apple restricted its use in China earlier this month.

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Don't you claim to work for Apple?

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-11-29 10:34 AM | Reply

Another view...

Why is Apple limiting Chinese protesters' use of AirDrop?
www.fastcompany.com

...Public expressions of dissent are far less common in mainland China, where decades of tight monitoring and harsh repression have all but stifled explicit political activism. But in October, just before Xi Jinping secured an unopposed third term as China's leader, some mainland Chinese residents used AirDrop to call for an end of Xi's dictatorship. November's update has made AirDrop protests something unlikely to be seen in China again anytime soon.

Mark Selden, a historian and sociologist who examined Apple's relationship with China in his 2020 book Dying for an iPhone, said that Apple's AirDrop changes "were clearly made by Apple in the context of pressure from the Chinese state." The Cupertino giant is heavily dependent on China as a manufacturing hub and a customer base, so it has "very little choice" but to bend to Chinese officials if it wants to continue operating there, he said.

In 2017, at the behest of Chinese cybersecurity regulators, Apple agreed to transfer control of Chinese users' iCloud data to a Chinese state-owned company. Apple has also removed apps from its Chinese App Store at the request of Chinese authorities, including foreign news apps and apps supporting the Hong Kong protests.

Selden said that Apple usually tries to comply with Chinese requests quietly -- or does so indirectly through Foxconn, its manufacturing partner, which makes most of the world's iPhones at its factories in China. But in this case, "they've been caught with their pants down, so to speak. And they're trying to deal with it by not acknowledging the actual reasons for their actions. But the reasons seem reasonably clear."...



#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 11:39 AM | Reply


Don't you claim to work for Apple?
#1 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

No, but it is a FANG.

#2 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

This was explained in the article. The timing is the issue, too suspect to just conclude its some random timing.

Add to it that FastCompany also wants to look favorable to the CCP. We live in a time where you need to evaluate your sources/sports/media that have ties to the CCP.

Apple is now an active collaborator with China's murderous police state.

Apple is kinda rooting for oppression, and why not it's products are built by slaves.

#3 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-30 01:51 AM | Reply

@#3 ... This was explained in the article. ...

What was explained in the article?

The evasiveness and deflection of your alias' comments reminds me of...

The Fools - Psycho Chicken
www.youtube.com


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-30 02:10 AM | Reply

Better to lose one fight than lose the war, and China is clearly willing to sacrifice Apple if one day Apple directly opposes the Chinese government in any significant way. Sure, it would mess with everyone, as much of Apple's production is in China, but the day that china decides to go back behind its old CCP curtain, Apple will be financially devastated. It has to work quickly, as it has, to diversify its production to other countries.

#5 | Posted by Hughmass at 2022-11-30 06:33 AM | Reply

Apple is now an active collaborator with China's murderous police state.

Apple is kinda rooting for oppression, and why not it's products are built by slaves.

#3 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-11-30 01:51 AM | Reply

Apple is doing what it needs to do to keep it's supply chain and market to billions open. No different than bribing politicians here to allow dumping and polluting of the ground, water and air, using slave (drug convicts) labor in Herschel Walkers chicken business www.pbs.org . I somehow missed your outrage over those.

It is wrong, but that's the corporate way.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-11-30 07:00 AM | Reply

Haha, a long way from the "Think Different" days.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-11-30 08:18 AM | Reply

#6 Hmmm, that's the corporate way? Meanwhile you slam corporations in the energy business. You might want to be somewhat consistent.

#8 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-11-30 10:03 AM | Reply

Hmmm, that's the corporate way?

It sure is. If you think it's not, you're a fool. Citizens United basically legalized he bribing of politicians to write laws that are favorable to businesses.... the biggest example of this is 2017 tax law which gave TWO TRILLION to corporate america as a repayment of the money they gave to the GOP. GOP -------- are on record saying it was.

You think Apple is going to give up it's slave labor force and market of billions of consumers of it's products over protests over COVID lockdowns?

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-11-30 11:12 AM | Reply

People. The rich are not your friends.
They never have been. One party gets this.
The other, clearly, does not.

End of statement.

#10 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-11-30 11:30 AM | Reply

#10 Meanwhile like Nixon you defend Apple.

#11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-11-30 11:34 AM | Reply

#9 I'm not disagreeing with you that it is the corporate way, I'm just saying that people need to be more consistent. If people are going to defend Apple for making profits than they should defend Chevron as well.

#12 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-11-30 11:38 AM | Reply

If people are going to defend Apple for making profits than they should defend Chevron as well.

If you read my post you would see that I am not defending it.

Here....let me refresh your selective reading:

It is wrong, but that's the corporate way.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-11-30 07:00 AM | Reply | Flag

#13 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-11-30 12:37 PM | Reply

#9 I'm not disagreeing with you that it is the corporate way, I'm just saying that people need to be more consistent. If people are going to defend Apple for making profits than they should defend Chevron as well.

#12 | Posted by fishpaw

Apple isn't roasting the planet like chevron is. We're not going to need to move our coastal cities inland because of apple.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-11-30 01:00 PM | Reply

Just making ----- up now Fishpaw #11?
When and where did I defend Apple?

citation please...

Here, let me save you some time,
as I know complex tasks are difficult for you.
Stop looking. My defense of Apple does not
exist.

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-11-30 02:06 PM | Reply

Not a problem for libbies as they love censorship -- as long as it benefits them.

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-11-30 10:54 PM | Reply

MSGT are you still mad that google thought that naked picture of your mom counted as animal porn?

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2022-11-30 11:34 PM | Reply

Not a problem for libbies as they love censorship -- as long as it benefits them.

And how exactly does this do that?

#18 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-11-30 11:42 PM | Reply

#18

George Soros, obviously. And Hunter Biden's laptop.

Its all connected!

/s (obviously?)

#19 | Posted by horstngraben at 2022-12-01 12:04 AM | Reply

Its all connected!

As we all know.

#20 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-12-01 12:45 AM | Reply

" If people are going to defend Apple for making profits than they should defend Chevron as well."

Or not defend either of them. I might defend Apple's right to ignore the world's biggest whiner; Elon Musk but not their cowardly way of caving to China on things that actually matter. I will never buy another iPhone or a Mac. Plenty of other ptoducts out there I don't need Apple for anything.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2022-12-01 07:02 AM | Reply

'If you read my post you would see that I am not defending it."

It was perfectly clear to most people except those who want yo pretend that ypu, as a liberal or a progressive, are capable and willing to criticize a company that pretends to be liberal except when money is involved.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2022-12-01 04:01 PM | Reply

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