Apple may have a better relationship with the Chinese government than some of its contemporaries, but it appears they are not taking any chances.

The U.S. -based company has evidently disabled their news app in China, hoping to circumvent he censorship discussion all together. 

Users who attempt to access the app on the mainland without the aid of a VPN (virtual private network) will now see the error message “Can’t refresh now. News isn’t supported in your current region.”

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com