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Apple enables China’s war on Faith in its app store

A Bible app and Quran app was reported removed from Apple’s App Store in China following pressure from the Chinese government.

China’s restrictions on religious texts have affected those of all faiths, sometimes brutally so. In Xinjiang, Uyghur Muslims who are caught with religious content on their phones can be detained without trial in an internment camp.

Leaders at Olive Tree removed the Bible app themselves. They were informed during the App Store review process that they are required to provide a permit demonstrating their authorization to distribute an app with book or magazine content in mainland China.

Since they didn’t have the permit and needed to get their app update approved and out to customers, they removed the Bible app from China’s App Store. They ultimately hope they can get the app back on the App Store.

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