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Following official pressure, Apple removes the Quran software from the App Store.

Quran Majeed is a free app accessible on the App Store that has approximately 150,000 reviews worldwide. Millions of Muslims rely on it.

Following a request from Chinese officials, Apple has pulled down one of the world’s most popular Quran apps.

Quran Majeed is a free app accessible on the App Store that has approximately 150,000 reviews worldwide. Millions of Muslims rely on it.

According to the Bazzup, the app was taken down because it hosted prohibited religious literature.

The Chinese government has yet to react to a request for comment from the Bazzup.

Apple Censorship, a website that monitors programs on Apple’s App Store around the world, was the first to detect the app’s removal.

“According to Apple, our software Quran Majeed has been deleted from the China App store because it includes content that requires additional proof from Chinese authorities,” PDMS stated in a statement.

“We are attempting to contact the Chinese Cyberspace Administration and relevant Chinese authorities in order to fix this situation.”

In China, the firm claimed to have nearly one million users.

Islam is officially recognized as a religion in China by the Chinese Communist Party.

China, on the other hand, has been accused of human rights breaches, even genocide, in Xinjiang, where the Uyghur ethnic group is mainly Muslim.

Apple declined to comment, referring the Bazzup to its Human Rights Policy, which states: “We’re compelled to comply with local laws, and there are times when we may disagree with governments on complex topics.”

In China, however, it is unclear what restrictions the software has broken. According to Quran Majeed, “nearly 35 million Muslims around the world trust it.”

Apple and Google also banned a tactical voting app created by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny last month.

The two companies had been threatened with fines by Russian authorities if they refused to remove the app, which notified users who may unseat ruling party politicians.

Apple’s supply chain is primarily reliant on Chinese manufacturing, and China is one of the company’s largest customers.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, has been accused of hypocrisy by US legislators for speaking out on American politics but being silent on China.

In 2017, Mr Cook slammed Donald Trump’s ban on seven Muslim-majority nations.

However, he is accused of cooperating with the Chinese government on censorship while remaining silent on the government’s persecution of Muslim minorities.

Tiananmen Square, the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, the Dalai Lama, and the independence of Tibet and Taiwan are among the topics that apps are prohibited from discussing.

“Currently, Apple is being turned into Beijing’s censorship department,” claimed Benjamin Ismail, project director at Apple Censorship.

“They ought to do the right thing and then deal with the Chinese government’s response.”

Olive Tree’s Bible app, a popular religious software, was also taken down in China this week. The business notified the Bazzup that they had taken down the app.

“During the App Store review process, Olive Tree Bible Software was advised that we must present a permission demonstrating our authorization to offer an app with book or magazine content in mainland China,” a spokeswoman stated.

“We deleted our Bible app from China’s App Store since we didn’t have the permit and wanted to get our app update approved and distributed to customers.”


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