Tim Hardwick (also Slashdot):
Apple has reportedly removed two RSS feed reader apps from China’s App Store to comply with Chinese law. Fiery Feeds and Reeder both tweeted that their iOS apps were removed in China due to content considered “illegal” in the country.
Too bad the App Store is the only way to install iOS apps.
It is completely unclear what explains the three-year gap here, and the whole policy makes no sense. Why ban feed readers but not browsers? At a technical level, feed readers are just browsers for RSS feeds. China̵7;s major firewall should block feeds (and centralized sources of feed aggregation) as easily as it blocks websites.
Maybe because the apps make it easier to find content when you use a VPN to get around the firewall?
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