We have seen that tensions between the US and China were high due to the trade war between both the countries. However, they have now been somewhat better as a partial trade deal has been established. But this also does not mean that the trade war is now over and everything will get back to normal.
Talking about the trade war, we see that the tech industry, especially Apple, has been badly affected by it. As we know that Apple imports most of its products from China, it has had to take a hit in paying tariffs for the imported products. On the other hand, Apple also does not want to anger China because of the huge potential market and its factories being located in China.
However, a new report regarding Apple is not something that you will like if you are an Apple fan. Because it reveals that Apple has told producers of its Apple TV+ shows not to show anything critical about China. Talking about Apple TV+, it is a subscription-based service from Apple where you have to pay a monthly fee and see exclusive shows produced by Apple and directed by famous personalities.
This new report from Buzzfeed News says that “in early 2018, the company’s leadership gave guidance to the creators of some of those shows to avoid portraying China in a poor light”. According to Buzzfeed’s sources, the guidance was conveyed by Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of internet software and services, and Morgan Wandell, its head of international content development.
This is not the first time that Apple is reported to favour the Chinese government and remain in their good books. Apple was already in the spotlight recently as it removed the HKmap.live app from its App Store which was made and used by the protestors in Hong Kong. Apart from that, Apple removed the Quartz app from its App Store which their editor says is because of the “excellent work covering the protests”