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App Store Censorship


GreatFire tracks Apple iOS applications for instances of censorship in over 150 countries, documenting when and how apps are removed in order to provide more transparency.

This project allows researchers to better identify censorship by Apple, track whether apps are being blocked locally at the government’s request (which could provide an indication of local censorship) or globally, and enables advocates who know their local context to connect when censorship occurs due to civil society actions and political events. The project has already helped to identify censorship of apps related to religious freedom in China, the Tibetan diaspora, and the protests in Hong Kong. The data and information generated by this project is being made accessible to policymakers, journalists, advocates, and everyday citizens on the website.

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Funding to date

2018 $72,000.00 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund
2021 $84,000.00 12 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $156,000.00

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