Tuesday, October 1, 2013
China tackles news apps
The apps under challenge include Zaker and Chouti, both of which re-publish content from non-official sources - including from Western media like the New York Times (whose articles have been blocked in China). According to news accounts outside China, press freedom lawyers and activists called the latest move a significant (but crude) expansion of state power to regulate Internet content in line with its oversight of traditional media. As such, it's likely to be seen as a significant blow to those relying on microblogs and social media for unfiltered news and information.
Source - China threatens closure of mobile news apps amid Internet crackdown, Yahoo! News Canada