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Hong Kong users can now access websites in China via Apple Safari

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Hong Kong Apple Safari users claim that the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China is now subject to website censorship on the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong users' devices display an error message stating that specific websites have been restricted for their protection. According to a report, several websites are currently being restricted for Safari users in Hong Kong. According to the online news source, Apple's web browser features a security mechanism that prevents users from visiting potentially harmful websites. Sites that can hurt their users are blocked by it. Additionally, it is accessible throughout the world, even in China. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Apple Uses Chinese Firm's Blacklist to Block Sites in Hong Kong Image credit- The Intercept[/caption] But in China, things are a little different. Safari's website filters in China are managed by Tencent, a major Chinese internet company. As a result, the said feature is subject to some censorship in the nation, according to 9to5 Mac. And this time, it appears that Apple has made these filters available to residents of Hong Kong, which is considered to be a colony of China. Some websites appear to have been blocked, according to reports from Safari users. https://www.gadgetany.com/news/ftx-collapse-it-looks-like-hong-kong-avoided-a-bullet/ Despite being a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, Hong Kong has historically been free from censorship, according to Apple Insider. To accept the new iCloud terms on tvOS 16, Apple TV users must have an iPhone. Users complain. Chu Ka-Cheong, a former software engineer and employee of Apple, revealed on Twitter that GitLab has been blacklisted by Safari in Hong Kong. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]China Crackdown On Apple Store Hits Holy Book Apps, Audible Image credit- Outlook India[/caption] A similar situation has also been observed by other users in Hong Kong. According to Apple Insider, Nadine Haija, a spokesman for Apple, instructed The Intercept to ask Tencent directly. The Chinese company, however, declined to comment on it. The online news source points out that Safari's privacy notice from November 24 states that devices in Hong Kong would also use a list of websites that Tencent has blocked. According to Apple Insider, the Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the rationale behind the expansion in Hong Kong. Tencent, a Chinese tech company, abides by Chinese laws, nonetheless, as it is a Chinese company.

By Monica Green

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