CHINA BANS APPLE APP WHICH ALLOWS CHINESE TO VIEW STATE BANNED WEBSITES – The People’s Public of China have demanded that Apple remove from its Apple Store an App called ‘Open Door’ which allows Chinese citizens to view any websites they choose; even those banned by the Government.
The mainstream media are now vilifying Apple for ‘kowtowing’ to the Chinese Government in their ever increasing restrictions on what websites the Chinese people may or may not view.
The question meebal.com would like to ask the mainstream media is … “What on earth has this got to do with Apple ‘kowtowing’ to Chinese officials?”
The Chinese Government have a strict set of rules; they call these laws and quite frankly their laws should not be dictated to by any outside influence; whether these be other Governments or private companies such as Apple.
Apple simply has no say over what it is and is not allowed to sell to the Chinese people and this is a matter solely between the people of China and their Government.
Let’s put this into context… here in Britain we are often forced by the EU to take on things that we find unacceptable. Yes, it’s called external interference and we oppose it. It is the same when outside influences try to force their will on the people of China and it’s Government – it is quite frankly unacceptable.
We may not like the fact that the Chinese are oppressed but that is their problem and something that must and can only be dealt with internally. If the Chinese really want change then they must initiate it and with 1.4 billion of them it’s really not that difficult.
According to sources the App was downloaded at a rate of 2,000 times a day. This would indicate that a fair number of Chinese do want to view websites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube; but again if they want to do so, then the Chinese people must peacefully protest its Government in order to bring about change.
China has some of the most restrictive practices in the known world for what it allows its people to view online and whilst we might find this incredulous, outrageous or even oppressive it is not our place to point the finger and call for change and we certainly shouldn’t vilify any company, such as Apple, for merely complying with their laws.
Currently the People’s Republic of China has a number of laws that restricts internet browsing from IP addresses within China – the project is known as ‘The Great Firewall of China’.
However the Open Door App effectively allows users to bypass the IP address and browse any website with complete anonymity. It was believed that such an App would liberate China’s online users by allowing them to bypass the firewall and therefore enabling unrestricted access to the outside world.
I personally feel that the App is an extremely good idea, for my western values finds it offensive for any person to face oppression in terms of what they may and may not view.
But again China’s national ideology is much different than those in the west and unless sufficient numbers of people demand change then it will stay the same and it is not for us to dictate or vilify.
The developers of the Open Door App were understandably concerned as they were not aware that Apple had indeed removed the App from their China store; according to the Open Door developer they only became aware after a number of Chinese customers emailed them asking where the App was.
Open Door developers did challenge Apple’s decision, but as Apple rightly pointed out the App, according to current legislation in China, was illegal and therefore they had no choice but to comply with the law and remove the App.
We would all like the world to be a better place, more open and certainly free from any type of oppression. However such change can only be planned and implemented successfully by those affected and it must only be achieved through peaceful means for there is nothing right, noble or moral when it comes to violent conflict in order to make change.
Again, whilst the mainstream media appear to be calling Apple’s integrity into question they have failed to understand that Apple is merely complying with current legislation.